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Scatha was one of the greatest of the Long-worms that infested the Grey Mountains in the north of Middle-earth.


The death of Scatha at the hands of Fram, by Wouter Florusse (WF74)

Of his life, little is known before his appearance in the Third Age. Scatha's lair was in the southern slopes of the Grey Mountains and he greatly troubled the Dwarves and Men living in the lands north of Wilderland and had stolen a great deal of their treasure. He was slain by the Éothéod leader Fram, son of Frumgar (an ancestor of Eorl the Young) in the early days of the Éothéod (roughly TA 2000).[1]

After Scatha's demise, peace came to the land save for a dispute over his stolen treasure. In his hoard was found a silver horn, the Horn of Rohan later given to Meriadoc Brandybuck by Éowyn. The Dwarves also claimed the horn (partially justified as the Horn of Rohan was said to be of Dwarven making) but Fram would not give them anything. Instead, Fram sent them a necklace made out of Scatha's teeth. The Dwarves were insulted and slew him as a result.


The name Scatha was likely taken from the Anglo-Saxon word sceaða, meaning "injurious person, criminal, thief, assassin".[citation needed]


  • It is often misunderstood that Scatha was responsible for the deaths of dwarves in Grey Mountains including Dáin I and his second son Frór. However, it is likely incorrect because the incident occurred in TA 2570 to TA 2589, long after Scatha's death in TA 2000.
  • If Scatha was born in the First Age, he could be one of two remnants of the dragons of Morgoth that fled to the northeast after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, and this means all dragons since the Second Age could have been their offspring. It is also possible that Scatha participated in the attack on Gondolin and looted the city after its fall. Thus the Elvish swords, Glamdring, Orcrist, and Sting, may have been part of the hoard that Fram now possessed.[2][3]

Portrayal in adaptations

In The Lord of the Rings Online, Scatha appears in a flashback narrating the history of Fram and the Éothéod. He attacked Framsburg and mauled Frumgar's sword-arm, after which Fram swore revenge and hunted Scatha for two years. In the present day, the player locates the remaining of Scatha's hoard, which Fram was unable to bring with him.


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"A mighty long-worm of the Grey Mountains" by LyntonLevengood
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Fram and Scatha by Grrrod
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The Slaying of Scatha by LyntonLevengood
Scatha in snows by Deagol
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Flam vs Scatha by TarGrond
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Scatha the Wyrm from Jef Murray Prints
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Rampage of Scatha by TurnerMohan*


Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic سكاتها ?
Armenian Սկատա
Belarusian Cyrillic Ската
Bengali স্ক্যাথা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ската
Chinese 史卡沙
Georgian სკათა
Greek Σκάτα
Gujarati સ્કાથ
Hebrew סקאת'ה
Hindi स्काथा
Japanese スカサ
Kannada ಸ್ಕಥಾ
Korean 스카타
Marathi स्काथा
Mongolian Cyrillic Скэта
Persian اسکاتا
Polish Skat
Russian Ската
Serbian Ската (Cyrillic) Skata (Latin)
Sinhalese ස්කතා
Tamil ஸ்கத​
Telugu స్కత
Thai สคาธา
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ската


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II: The House of Eorl
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VI: "Many Partings"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth