Aurochs are large, bovine animals that spawn throughout Middle-earth. They are similar to cattle, however are they are larger, and have a pair of horns. They replace the vanilla cow in most 'wild' biomes, similarly to boar and deer.
They occur in almost all temperate biomes except for the Shire, Breeland, Dorwinion and the Pelennor Fields of Gondor, where domesticated cows have taken their role in the 'natural' order. Like elk and wild boar, they are non-domesticated animals and behave a little differently, so beware of their temper.
As top herbivores in most biomes, their occurence is lowest of all larger passive mammals. Their numbers are typically half of that of sheep in any biome.
These creatures will passively wander through their habitat, in herds of typically four animals. If left to their own business, aurochs will do no harm to the player. However, if they are provoked they will charge the player inflicting damage with their horns and causing a bit of knockback.
The anglo-saxon ur-rune ᚢ (= letter U) means "cattle" or "aurochs". Tolkien used those ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ for some texts in the initial drafts of "The Lord of the Rings", later on, he replaced them by cirth runes.
|“|| ᚢ The aurochs is proud and has great horns;|
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.
Animals of Middle-Earth
Farm Animals •