|“||Suddenly on the path ahead appeared some white deer, a hind and fawns as snowy white as the hart had been dark...||”|
–The Hobbit, Flies and Spiders
Deer are a passive mobs added in Public Beta 27. Upon death, they drop venison () and leather (). They can be found in small herds of up to eight animals. There's both male and female deer, with the males exhibiting antlers and the females not.
They occur in most temperate biomes but they especially thrive live in colder, forested biomes across the north of Middle-earth. Due to their relative fertility they outnumber other animals in many of these biomes, like in Fangorn and the Lindon Woodlands.
A full list of biomes that support larger herds of deer is presented below.
These creatures will passively wander through their habitat in herds of up to eight, and if provoked will attempt to flee from their attacker.
They can be lured and fed with wheat, which makes them have very happy feelings about their provider. Bringing two of those happy creatures together, provided they're of different sex, instantly leads to reproductive behaviour and baby deer. Aww ...
- Similarly to wild boar, deer replace cattle in most biomes. Since Public Beta 27, cattle can only be found in the Shire, Breeland, Rohan and the Pelennor fields.
- Deer were greatly loved by the Vala Nessa, and were said to follow her wherever she travelled.
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Animals of Middle-Earth