Welcome to the second installment of Lilikate’s Creatures. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback following the publication of “Wild Animals of The Shire”. I have been busy trying to ensure this episode is as good as it possibly can be. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.
Here we are in the Delving Fields. In this episode we look at less friendly creatures. Use caution when observing these animals as they can give a nasty nip. The carrying of a club or some such weapon is advisable. Let us continue….
Shrews in this general area usually come in three sorts, biters, thieves and foragers. I think they are misunderstood, only attacking when their burrows are being threatened! I like these little fellas and think they are rather cute! Farmers are less keen!
Tuskers are a bit grumpy, so care is needed when rambling across country, they will attack passers by for no reason at all. If they do charge, a smart rap to the nose is the best remedy.
Here in Rushock Bog, live Bog toads. With green and black markings they can easily hide among the reeds and other wetland plant life. Bog toads eat gnats and flies which are plentiful in these parts.
Putrid and Reeking Bog-Slugs are found in these wetlands, they can grow to rather enormous sizes. Notice their mouth parts are a salmon pink colour but their backs have a scaled grayish appearance. They are rather smelly too!
Buzzing and Biting Gnats hover in swarms among these pools and streams. They are attracted to warm moving bodies. Their bites are annoying but rarely serious. Gammer Boffin of Overhill is the Hobbit to visit if ointment is needed.
Bogbull is the king of Toads! He is as tall as a hobbit and maybe fatter than the Mayor at Michel Delving! He shares the same colouring as his smaller cousins, spending most of his time patrolling his boggy territory. Isn’t he wonderful!
These Toads are very brightly coloured, I think to keep predators at bay. Be careful if paddling along from Bywater to Budgeford, these Hill Toads can get angry when the frog hops is being picked, they are also poisonous.
Lobelia the Toad has been raised by a local hobbit. Unlike any other creatures we have met so far, she is very bad tempered! Sometimes she has to be ushered back to her cage by passing adventurers. She is known to have a very distinctive “ribbit”.
Now these hungry hobbits love pies so much they will accost passers-by and eat theirs! Please use caution, if possible avoid these hobbits at all costs if helping Holly Hornblower. They are this weeks: Nastiest Nippers!
Look who I found! Old Croaker can sometimes be spotted among the reeds of the Frogmoors. I was very excited to be able to get a glimpse of this rare toad giant. His eyes are so red! I was a little scared at first, but after a while we became very good chums!
I would like to add a note of thanks to Derriden Downriver a hobbit from Bywater and Balahk the Dwarf for helping achieve some of the shots in this episode.