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Berúthiel, The Queen with the magical cats

The most famous cats in the histories of Tolkien's Middle-earth were the cats of Queen Berúthiel, nine black and one white, belonging to the Queen of King Tarannon of Gondor. 
The dark and mournful Queen to Tarannon Falastur, the twelfth King of Gondor. She owned ten marvellous and magical cats, that she set to spy on the doings of the people of Gondor. Her scheming was her undoing, though, since her husband set her adrift on the Great Sea, with only her cats for company. She sailed into the far south and was never heard of again, but she and her mysterious cats lived on in legend for millennia. 
(Note that these details come from an unpublished manuscript quoted by Christopher Tolkien in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, and so their canonicity is not certain.) 

Thanks to: tolkienonline.com

Paintings of famous cats:

Booted Cat
by Adrienne Segur

Kiptheen Enchanted Cat
by Adrienne Segur

Queen Cat
by Adrienne Segur

Gatto con Gli Stivali

adriennesegurKiptheenchantedcat.jpg (34597 byte)

adriennesegurQueenCat.jpg (100032 byte)

Booted Cat
by Gustave Doré

Booted Cat
by Gustave Doré

Booted Cat
by Gustave Doré

gustavedore'gattoconglistivali

gustavedore'gattoconglistivali

gustavedore'gattoconglistivali

 

Booted Cat
by Maxfiel Parrish

 
 

maxfieldparrishgattoconglistivali.jpg (50536 byte)