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Andanc (N)

Andoanca

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A cold-Drake, Andanc (S."Long-maw";Q."Ancando"), known to the Northrons as "Skell", originally resided at Mount Udûnanca on the northeastern side of the Withered Heath. His father was of the first brood of Glaurung, so he was extremely old and, aside from his older brother Scatha, the most powerful of the Cold-drakes of the Grey Mountains and the Cold Drake that killed Dain I and his son Fror. Ando-Anca was an aggressive but sleepy creature who, even when stirred, slept 95% of the time. When he was awake, he hunted Losrandír, but his favorite prey were Trolls (for he loved a good fight).

Notes

Original name in MERP:Ando-Anca = Ancando = Andanc Ando-Anca is a corrupt Quenya form which was corrected into a corresponding Sindarin form as Quenya was a language of Lore and of the first Age and a Sindarin name would have been far more common and widespread in the mid-Third Age.

The ICE Canon made Scatha and his brother Ando-Anca sons of Glaurung, however this seems unlikely as Tolkien stated that only two dragons (seemingly one Cold Drake and one Fire Drake) had survived the war of Wrath and became the ancestors of all later Dragons.Also it remains unclear why the sons of Glaurung, a fire-drake, should both be cold drakes. However "son of the first brood of Glaurung" also could be understood as "Son of a Dragon who was the first Brood of Glaurung", which would make Scatha Galurungs grand-son, rather than son, implying that Scatha and Ando-Anca were sons of a child of Glaurung, that had escaped the War of Wrath, possibly Agburanar or Utumkodur.

LOTRO

LOTRO names the cold-dragon who slew Dain I as Vethúg Wintermind.In contrast to MERP Vethug is a blue-white winged ice-drake instead of a red cold drake.Also instead of a son or grand-child of Glaurung, Vethrug is considered a son of Hrímil Frost-heart, a greater Dragon from the first Age and mother of the Cold-drakes of the withered Heath.

References

  • MERP:Creatures of Middle-Earth
  • MERP:The Grey Mountains
  • the Lord of the Rings Role-Playing Game: Dwarves of Middle-Earth (Moria Boxed Set)
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