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Oliphaunts

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Fictional Mammoth/Elephant-like creatures of middle earth. Used as beasts of burden & for fighting wars

6
games
5
platforms

Alternate names: Oliphaunts, mûmak, Mûmakil, mumak, Mumakil

The first video game about Oliphaunts was released on December 9, 2004.

Electronic Arts has published all these games

In Peter Jackson's film trilogy, they are depicted as much larger than mammoths, have longer tusks with a wider span that grow low to the ground before curling up, a lower set of smaller tusks facing down and forward, and have unusually long legs for a Proboscidea. This version was most perfectly suited for war against men and cavalry. But this would not make them the most efficient work animals, which was their main purpose, according to Middle-Earth canon. Notably, the oliphaunts in Lord of the Rings Conquest videogames have lower tusks that curl slightly upward. These are not as suited for goring enemies like the movie version tusks, but are well suited for carrying small loads that span both tusks where as the upper tusks could only carry gargantuan loads that might be more weight that the oliphaunt would be willing to leverage that far away from its body. These lower tusks are also better suited for the elephant to gather a load by it own initiative, rather than waiting and depending on a team of Haradrim to load and balance the front tusks. These oliphaunts were also smaller, thus better suited to maneuver in human sized settlements and construction sites. This advantage is lost, however, because the tusks of the oliphaunts in Conquest spread even wider than the movie versions.

Another note about these movie proboscidea. They have six tusks. The extra two are small and easy to miss, just above the large upper tusks. These may have been designed in the minds of the movie makers to protect their eyes; which are noted in the canon as being their weakest point. They are not that useful for battle, work, or anything I can tell. Though they could be used to attack a rider on another oliphaunt, or gouge the eyes of another oliphaunt. The oliphaunts in the Battle Of Pelenoor Fields (seen in the movie) are all female (which is actually same as real world cases of war-elephant groups. the more aggressive and competitive male works better for people when it is not near its own kind). Perhaps only the females have this extra set of tusks, to ward off rampant males by threatening their eyes. The only other significance to these proboscidea would be a reference to Buddhist mythology that tells of Buddha's birth being foretold by the sight of a six tusked Asian elephant.