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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.[1] The first werewolf was Draugluin[2] (whose name contains the root draug, "wolf").[3] 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."[4]

In adaptations[edit]

Werewolves appear in the role-playing video games Middle-earth Role Playing and The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game and were set to appear in the role-playing video game The Lord of the Rings: The White Council before it was cancelled.

See also[edit]




  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (published 1987), ISBN 0-395-08254-4
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Silmarillion, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-395-25730-1

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