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Crebain were a species of large black, crow-like birds native to both Dunland and Fangorn Forest in Middle-earth, that Saruman the White in Isengard used as spies after he joined forces with Sauron.


Crebain as depicted by an unknown artist

Crebain were known to fly in large flocks resembling a huge black cloud and a big shadow cast below them. They made a horrible croaking, squawking noise when in flight which makes their presence known to all near them.

Like crows and ravens, they seemed to possess at least some level of intelligence, though are not known to have spoken in known tongues. They were often used as spies by various evil powers. In the War of the Ring, flocks of Crebain were used by Saruman as spies to search for Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship, since he wanted the One Ring.[citation needed]


Crebain "crows" would be the regular plural of Sindarin *craban "crow," a word which (while unattested) seems to have been adopted by Tolkien from Indo-European languages, particularly a pre-Germanic form *krabn-, whence the proto-Germanic *hrabnaz, from which descended both Old High German hraban and English raven.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ክረባኢን
Arabic كريباين
Armenian Քրեբայն
Belarusian Cyrillic Кребаін
Bengali করেবাইন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Кребаин
Georgian კრებენები
Greek Κρεβαιν
Gujarati ક્રેબેન
Hebrew קרביין
Hindi क्र्ऐब्ऐन
Japanese クレバン
Kannada ಕ್ರೆಬೇನ್
Kazakh Крэбаін (Cyrillic) Krébain (Latin)
Korean 크레이 빈
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Крэбаин
Macedonian Cyrillic Кребаин
Marathi क्रेबेन
Mongolian Cyrillic Кребайн
Nepalese क्रेब्ऐन
Persian کرپاین
Punjabi ਕ੍ਰਬੇਨ
Russian Кребайн
Serbian Кребаин (Cyrillic) Krebain (Latin)
Sinhalese ක්රෙබ්න්
Tajik Cyrillic Кребаин
Tamil க்ரெபைன்
Telugu క్రేబైన్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Кребейн
Urdu کربین
Uzbek Кребаин (Cyrillic) Krebain (Latin)
Yiddish קרעבאַין