Middle Earth Origin and Philosophy
Earth Llamas derives its name from the fairy tale trilogy "Lord of the Rings"
written in the 1930s by J.R.R. Tolkien. We started in 1981 and were fortunate to
acquire a male weanling who matured into a 46" stud with heavy medium wool. He
was named Gandalf after a main character in the Tolkien masterpiece. At this
point he is retired from packing but continues to be used as a stud. Without any
Team or Mallon training this wonderful stud is completely desensitized, friendly
and comes to you when a halter is displayed.
Over the years we have remained with North American bloodlines and have
gradually increased the size of our dams. As Ferdinand Porsche once said there
is no substitue for horsepower-- there is no substitute on the trail for a well
built tall llama. Not being a livestock person it took me awhile to realize that
to consistently produce well conformed taller stock, both stud and dam needed to
be very tall. Currently our breeding stock is mostly 47-49" at the withers with
excellent clearance and nice personalities. All would make great packers. All of
our younger herd sires are out of well known super pack studs. A secondary goal
of Middle Earth Llamas breeding program is to produce stock with nice coloring.
We have had just a couple all white crias over the years.
You are invited to visit other locations on this site to see the
breeding females, studs
and packers, sale animals or investigate
hiking with llamas and
structural guidelines for pack llamas. We also have a
llama leasing program.