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The term 'Vampire' was used loosely to designate mysterious bat-like creatures serving Morgoth.


Almost nothing is known about them, though Tolkien does name one: Thuringwethil. Sauron also took the shape of a vampire on at least one occasion, during the travels of Beren and Lúthien, while he still had the ability to change his shape. There are no mentions of them having existed after the First Age. They may have been fallen Maiar as was Sauron, lesser angelic spirits (as opposed to the Valar, greater angelic spirits, as was Morgoth). These brief mentions of creatures such as vampires, werewolves and hill giants, or of non-Istari wizards, magic rings not connected with the One Ring, or even the spells and curses placed by Thorin Oakenshield and his party on the troll hoard are windows into just how expansive Middle-earth really is, beyond even what is detailed in J.R.R. Tolkien's work.

Tolkien may have just chosen the word "vampire" for its modern connotations of bat-associated monsters. A similar instance is the use of the word "Werewolf" by the same author to denote wolf-like creatures, otherwise possibly unrelated to traditional werewolves. However, in context of the word "Vampire," Sauron did assume the form of such a creature numerous times. On one occasion, he flew over the forests "dripping blood from his throat." Furthermore, the vampire Thuringwethil, as her name connotes, was a "woman" of shadow.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

Video games

  • The Lord of the Rings Online has Carcharan, a vampire of Morgoth, in the forest of Mirkwood. It is a vampire in the form of a giant vampire bat.



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Vampier
Albanian Vampir
Amharic ቫምፓየር
Arabic مصاص دماء
Aromanian Vurcolacu
Armenian Վամպիր
Azerbaijani Vampir
Basque Banpiro
Belarusian Cyrillic Вампір
Bengali ভ্যাম্পায়ার
Bosnian Vampir
Breton Suner-gwad
Bulgarian Cyrillic Вампир
Burmese သွေးစုပ်ဖုတ်ကောင်
Cambodian បិសាច​ជញ្ជក់ឈាម
Catalan Vampir
Chinese (Hong Kong) 吸血鬼
Croatian Vampir
Czech Upír
Danish Vampyr
Dari وامپیره
Dutch Vampier
Esperanto Vampiro
Estonian Vampiir
Filipino Bampira
Finnish Vampyyri
Galician Vampiro
Georgian ვამპირი
German Vampir
Greek Βρυκόλακας
Hebrew ערפד
Hindi पिशाच
Hungarian Vámpír
Icelandic Vampíra
Indonesian Vampir
Irish Gaelic Vaimpír
Italian Vampiro
Japanese 吸血鬼
Kannada ರಕ್ತಪಿಶಾಚಿ
Kashubian Wieszczi
Kazakh Cyrillic Вампіре
Korean 흡혈귀
Kurdish ڤامپیره‌ (Arabic script) Vampîre (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Вампирэ
Laotian ຜີດິບ
Latin Vampyrus
Latvian Vampīrs
Lithuanian Vampyras
Luxembourgish Vampir
Macedonian Cyrillic Вампир
Malay Vampir
Malayalam രക്തരക്ഷസ്
Marathi वम्पिरे
Mongolian Cyrillic Вампире
Nāhuatl Tlācatzinācantli
Nepalese वम्पिरे
Norwegian Vampyr
Occitan Vampir
Persian خون‌آشام
Polish Wampir
Portuguese Vampiro
Punjabi ਪਿਸ਼ਾਚ
Romanian Vampir
Russian Вампир
Sanskrit वेताल
Scottish Gaelic Bhampair
Serbian Вампир (Cyrillic) Vampir (Latin)
Sindhi رت پيئندڙ جن
Sinhalese පිසාචයින්
Slovak Upír
Slovenian Vampir
Spanish Vampiro
Swedish Vampyr
Tajik Cyrillic Вампире
Tibetan ཟེར་རོ།
Tagalog Bampira
Tamil வாம்பைர்
Telugu రక్త పిశాచి
Thai แวมไพร์
Turkish Vampir
Turkmen Wampir
Ukrainian Cyrillic Упир
Urdu خون آشام
Uzbek Вампирлар (Cyrillic) Vampirlar (Latin)
Vietnamese Ma cà rồng
Volapük Vampir
Welsh Fampir
Yoruba Fanpaya
Yiddish וואַמפּיר


Races of the Creatures of Arda
Free Folks:

Ainur | Dwarves | Elves | Ents | Great Eagles | Hobbits | Huorns | Men | Petty-dwarves | Skin-changers (Beornings)

Servants of the Shadow:

Barrow-wights | Demons | Dragons (Fire-drakes) | Giants | Goblins | Ogres | Orcs | Spiders | Trolls | Úvanimor | Vampires | Wargs | Werewolves | Were-worms