One of the neat things about Chicken Play is it takes you through various regions of Middle Earth to talk to many animals, and get the animals' perspectives on the situation in Middle Earth. What's fun is the fact that many of these animals come directly from various works of Professor Tolkien. If you engage in Chicken Play, you can expect to meet:
|Fang, Farmer Maggot, Hammy Maggot, Grip, and Wolf patrolling in the background.|
- The Fox in the Green Hill Country - Granted this fox has no name, but seeing as how we don't come across too many talking foxes in Middle Earth, I think chances are very good that this is the same fox who crossed paths with Frodo, Sam, and Pippin as they were leaving the Shire. From the Fellowship of the Ring: A fox passing through the wood on business of his own stopped several minutes and sniffed. "Hobbits!" he thought. "Well, what next? I have heard of strange doings in this land, but I have seldom heard of a hobbit sleeping out of doors under a tree. Three of them! There's something mighty queer behind this." He was quite right, but he never found out any more about it. Our Fox in LOTRO states the following: "Now what is this? First three hobbits sleeping in the forest, and now a chicken?"
- Grip, Fang and Wolf - These are the dogs your chicken will encounter at Farmer Maggot's mushroom farm of Bamfurlong, located in The Marish in the Southeastern portion of the Shire in LOTRO. And of course these are the same dogs that terrorize the Hobbits as they trespass on his land in Fellowship of the Ring.
- Radagast the Brown - I don't think any explanation is needed here! Your chicken will speak to Radagast in his room at Ost Guruth in the Lone Lands.
- Roheryn - Your chicken will find Roheryn near the Stable Master in Rivendell. Roheryn is Aragorn's mount, who is brought back to him by his fellow Dunedain in the Return of the King, and accompanies Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead. I guess he's just hanging out in Rivendell, eating Elvish hay or horse lembas, until he's needed.
- Wink the Cat? - I have seen a lot of conjecturing about the cat-house in Bree, but ultimately I don't think it is a Lore nugget, just cute. In fact, I believe I have seen a reference that LOTRO's Berephon stated the Bree cat-house was an inside joke among devs. So are they the descendants of Queen Beruthiel's cats? Probably not lol. She is mentioned in the Unfinished Tales, and supposedly only had 10 cats - 9 black and 1 white. There are way more cats than that in the cat-house, and of all colors and patterns! We get one mention of her in the Fellowship of the Ring, by Aragorn when the company enters Moria, when he speaks of relying on Gandalf to find the way: "He is surer of finding the way home in a blind night than the cats of Queen Beruthiel."
- The Chickens - What about the chickens themselves? To the best of my knowledge, NOT Lore nuggets. Pimpinella, Telltime, Moonlight, Cineraria, Bellflower - as far as I can tell, these are just creative Hobbit names, most if not all of them plant-related. (Unless Telltime is part of the old joke, "How does a chicken tell time? one o'cluck, two o'cluck...groan!) Then there is Bilina the Chicken - Dorothy and Oz, anyone? And what about George the Chicken? There are several Chicken Georges in pop-culture, but again, this seems to be some sort of inside dev joke from what I have been able to gather. I do believe there was/is a LOTRO dev named "Chicken George."