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Werewolves were servants of Sauron bred of wolves and inhabited by dreadful spirits, which their master had imprisoned within their bodies.

Werewolves inhabited Tol Sirion which hence became known as Tol-in-Gaurhoth, meaning "Isle of Werewolves".



The progenitor of all werewolves was Draugluin and the greatest werewolf after their sire was his scion Carcharoth, guardian of Angband. The form of the werewolves was fashioned by Sauron, their Lord, who took the shape of a great wolf himself at least once.[1] In the First Age, after the lieutenant of Morgoth drove the Ñoldor from Tol Sirion he made the isle's bastion into his abode and werewolves followed in his wake. When news of Beren's valiant deeds reached him Morgoth put a price on his head, with Sauron at the helm of an army of Orcs, werewolves and other foul things on his trail. During the Quest for the Silmaril, Sauron captured Beren, Finrod and their companions as they attempted to bypass his watchtower and so threw them in his dungeons; to force them into revealing their names and purpose, the subversive Maia sent a werewolf to devour the prisoners one by one before the very eyes of their horrified peers. Finrod died by the wounds inflicted in wrestling with a werewolf to save Beren; the rest of Sauron's minions were defeated by Huan and Lúthien, while their master himself yielded and flew into the forests of Taur-nu-Fuin.

By the Third Age, werewolves still among Sauron's servants; Gandalf mentioned them in conversation with Frodo Baggins, after the events at the Ford of Bruinen, together with Orcs, wraiths and wargs as serving the whims of the Dark Lord.


Unlike werewolves of other literature, these did not transform from man to wolf at night, and their behavior had no lunar influences. Therefore the werewolves of Arda were not shape-shifters, and were always in the form of great beasts. They were similar to wolves and the later wargs, but were as intelligent as Man, rendering them capable of negotiating and communicating with others. Carcharoth apparently had a venomous bite; it is unknown if this was a common trait of the species or if was related to his status as the werewolf destined and designed to slay Huan.


The name werewolf is Anglo-Saxon for "man-wolf", although those of Middle-earth are not actually lycanthropic. The Elves of their time called them 'gaurhoth'.


A giant werewolf of Angmar in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king

Werewolves appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king in the form of the giant "Shade of the Wolf", a monster that can be summoned by the Angmar faction.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Weerwolwe
Albanian Njeri-ujk
Amharic ዌርዉልቮች
Arabic مستذئبون
Armenian Աբորոգեններ
Belarusian Cyrillic пярэваратні
Bengali ওয়্যারউলভস
Bosnian Vukodlaci
Bulgarian Cyrillic Върколаци
Catalan Homes llop
Chinese (Hong Kong) 人狼
Croatian Vukodlaci
Czech Vlkodlaci
Danish Varulve
Dutch Weerwolven
Esperanto Homlupoj
Estonian Libahundid
Filipino Asong lobo
Finnish Ihmissudet
French Loup-garous
Galician Lobisomens
Georgian მაქციები
German Werwölfe
Greek Λυκάνθρωποι
Gujarati વેરવુલ્વ્ઝ
Hebrew אנשי זאב
Hungarian Farkasember
Indonesian Manusia serigala
Hindi वेरेवोल्वेस
Italian Mannari
Japanese 狼男
Kannada ಗಿಲ್ಡರಾಯ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Уереуолвес
Korean 늑대 인간
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Wэрэwолвэс
Latvian Vilkačiem
Lithuanian Vilkolakiai
Luxembourgish Werwëllef
Macedonian Cyrillic Wереwолвес
Marathi श्वापदमाणूस
Mongolian Cyrillic Хүн чононууд
Nepalese वेरेवोल्वेस
Norwegian Varulver
Pashto وېرېوولوېس
Persian گرگ نماها
Polish Wilkołaki
Portuguese Lobisomens
Romanian Vârcolacii
Russian Волколаки
Sanskrit वेरेवोल्वेस्
Serbian вукодлаци (Cyrillic) Vukodlaci (Latin)
Sinhalese වෙල්වෙල්
Slovak Vlkolaci
Slovenian Volkodlaki
Spanish Hombres Lobo
Swedish Varulvar
Tajik Cyrillic Wереwолвес
Tamil மிருகங்கள்
Telugu వేర్వోల్వేస్
Thai มนุษย์หมาป่า
Turkish Kurtadamlar
Ukrainian Cyrillic перевертні
Urdu چھپے انسانی بھیڑیے
Uzbek Wереwолвес (Cyrillic) Kurtadam (Latin)
Vietnamese Người sói
Welsh Blaidd-ddynion
Xhosa Oodyakalashe ?
Yiddish ווערעוואָלוועס
Races of Arda
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