Scientists Name Ancient Crocodile For Lord Of The Ring’s Balrog

PIC: University of Florida (C)

PIC: University of Florida (C)

Fly, you fools!”

(And get ready for the Tolkien Estate’s attorneys…)

It was 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and tipped the scales at 900 lbs. (408 kilograms). With a blunt snout and powerful bite, it ate turtles and battled monster snakes. Now this extinct dyrosaur, a type of crocodilian, which roamed an ancient rainforest a few million years after the dinosaurs died, has a scientific name.

It’s called Anthracosuchus balrogus after the fiery Balrog that lurked deep in the Middle-Earth mines of Moria in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Lord of the Rings.”

via Ancient Croc Named After ‘Lord of the Rings’ Monster.