The motive for this page is to reduce the long lists of animals in the biome infoboxes on the biome pages. The purpose is to:
- provide info on the occurence of these animals in biomes of Middle-earth and to
- provide links to more detailed information on any common animal.
In most cases, the 'animals' section of the biome infoboxes will contain one or more link(s) to the groups of common animals mentioned below.
The 'common animals' are divided in a few logical groups that correspond to their occurence in larger regions of Middle-Earth. This division may change as more animals are added with new mod updates. For now, we distinguish between the following groups of common animals:
A number of biomes/regions, particularly evil and/or very inhospitable lands, has no common animals at all, except bats. These are: Brown Lands, Dagorlad, Dead Marshes, Emyn Muil, Far Harad Volcano, Forodwaith, Meneltarma, Midgewater, Misty Mountains, Mordor, Near Harad Desert and Utumno.
The common animals in this category are spread across entire Middle-earth. At the moment, all of them are airborne creatures.
Note that Midges are not included in this list. The reason for this is that they occur in only a very limited number of biomes. Their occurence is mentioned specifically in every relevant biome infobox.
Birds are found throughout Middle-earth with the exception of the following biomes: Angmar, Far Harad Arid Savannah, Far Harad Mangrove, Far Harad Swampland, Midgewater, Nindalf, Ocean Islands, Perdorogwaith and Tundra.
Butterflies can be found in many biomes, but there are notable exceptions: Angmar, Far Harad Arid Savannah, Far Harad Mangrove, Far Harad Swampland, Midgewater, Nindalf, Ocean Islands, Perdorogwaith and Tundra.
The mods fishies can be found almost anywhere where there is water that is not corrupted or frozen. Fish comes in a great variety of colours.
Notable exception is the Grey Mountains, where no larger game spawns at all, possibly because of the devastating effect of the coming of the Dragons, ages ago.
Note that Elk, Horse and Wolf are not included in this list despite their occurence in quite a few biomes in the temperate regions. The reason for this is that they occur in less than half of the biomes in the temperate zone. Their occurence is mentioned specifically in every relevant biome infobox and on the dedicated pages on these animals.
- Domesticated: Cows, Deer, Pigs, Sheep and Chickens
- Non-Domesticated: Aurochs, Deer, Boar, Sheep and Chickens
The Non-Domesticated group is used as default for most temperate biomes. The Domesticated group is only used for the Shire, Breeland, Dorwinion and the Pelennor Fields. Rohan is the only biome that has an abundance of cows, next to the animals of the non-domesticated group.
Auroches are big ruminants roaming many a grassy meadow throughout the temparate zones of Middle-Earth. They shall better not be approached too carelessly.
Bears are large omnivores that can be found in most of the temperate biomes of Middle-Earth. They are most common in forests, however.
Deer are the predominant herbivorous animal in the temperate biomes. The only biomes where they cannot be found are those listed in the introduction. The page on Deer lists a number of biomes where they are especially succesful.
Wild Boar are the predominant omnivorous animal in the temperate biomes. The only biomes where they cannot be found are those listed in the introduction and in the Shire, Breeland and the Pelennor Fields. Their vitality is exceptionally high in the Iron Hills, where they outnumber all other game.
Rabbits are numerous wherever they are present ... which is almost everywhere in the temperate Biomes. The only area's where these tender loving creatures do not thrive are Ettenmoors, Grey Mountains, Lothlórien, Midgewater and Tundra, presumably for different reasons.
These top predators have colonized nearly any Far Harad biome and are the only tropical common animals that live in the Far Harad Swampland, where they practically exterminated any other life forms. They do not occur in: Far Harad Cloud Forest and Perdorogwaith.
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