Werewolf (Middle-earth)

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In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, werewolves were servants of Morgoth, wolf-like beasts "inhabited by dreadful spirits" that Sauron had imprisoned in the bodies.[1] Tolkien does not always distinguish between wolf and werewolf, in one place using both terms for the same creature.[2] Sauron commanded armies of werewolves in the First Age,[1] and on occasion took the shape of a werewolf himself.[3]

The first werewolf was Draugluin[2] (whose name contains the root draug, "wolf").[4] The greatest was Carcharoth, the guardian of Angband, a descendant of Draugluin as all werewolves were.[2]

Werewolves are mentioned by Gandalf, who tells Frodo Baggins that "not all of Sauron's servants and chattels are wraiths; there are Orcs and Trolls, there are Wargs and werewolves."[5]


  1. ^ a b The Silmarillion, p. 164.
  2. ^ a b c The Silmarillion, p. 174.
  3. ^ The Silmarillion, p. 175.
  4. ^ The Silmarillion, p. 358.
  5. ^ The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings", p. 234.

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