Werewolves were servants of Morgoth, bred from wolves and inhabited by dreadful spirits (fallen lesser Maiar or the fëar [souls] of orcs) imprisoned in these wolfish forms by Sauron. Unlike werewolves of other literature, the werewolves of Middle-earth do not transform from man to wolf at night and their behavior is not influenced by the full moon or other lunar cycles.

They inhabited Tol-in-Gaurhoth, which became known as the Isle of Werewolves.

History Edit

Origins Edit


The first werewolf was Draugluin at Tol-in-Gaurhoth, and the greatest werewolf after him was Carcharoth, the guardian of Angband, and a descendant of Draugluin as all other werewolves were. The form of the werewolves was first thought of by Sauron, who was their lord, and took the shape of a great wolf himself at least once.

Gandalf suggests in his talks with Frodo after the Ford of Bruinen that werewolves survived into the Third Age, and makes a distinction between them and wargs. The latter, though, might simply be descended from werewolves, as they could speak, suggesting they had fëar (souls).[1][2]

Characteristics Edit

The werewolves of Middle-earth were not shape-shifters, and were always in the form of great beasts. The fangs of Carcharoth were venomous, though it is not known if all werewolves had venomous fangs.

Werewolves are similar to wolves and wargs, and were quite large even compared to wargs. Known to be stronger and faster than the famous warg race, they were also as intelligent as a mortal man, which made them capable of negotiating and communicating with others. Thus they were able to speak the Black Speech, Westron, and the Elvish languages.[citation needed]

Etymology Edit

The name werewolf appears to have been chosen because they were in essence sapient (but evil), and thus had a status similar to men rather than beasts — the word "were" in the word werewolf being from the Anglo-Saxon word were, meaning man, so the term werewolf can be translated to man-wolf.[citation needed] They were known by the Elves of their time as 'gaurhoth'.[3]

Video games Edit


Werewolves in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king.

Translations around the World Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Weerwolwe
Albanian Njeri-ujk
Amharic ዌርዉልቮች
Arabic ذئاب ضارية
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
Dari وهرهوولوهس
Dutch Weerwolven
Esperanto Homlupoj
Estonian Libahundid
Filipino Asong lobo
Finnish Ihmissudet
French Loup-garou
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
Macedonian Cyrillic Wереwолвес
Malayalam ചെന്നായ ?
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 ෴එරෙ෴ඔල්වෙස් ?
Slovak Vlkolaci
Slovenian Volkodlaki
Spanish Hombres Lobo
Swedish Varulvar
Tajik Cyrillic Wереwолвес
Tamil மிருகங்கள்
Telugu వేర్వోల్వేస్
Thai มนุษย์หมาป่า
Tigrinya ውአረዎልቨስ
Turkish Kurtadamlar
Ukrainian Cyrillic перевертні
Urdu چھپے انسانی بھیڑیے
Uyghur ۋەرەۋولۋەس
Uzbek Wереwолвес (Cyrillic) Kurtadam (Latin)
Vietnamese Người sói
Welsh Blaidd-ddynion
Xhosa Oodyakalashe ?
Yiddish ווערעוואָלוועס
Races of the Creatures of Arda
Free Folks:

Ainur | Dwarves | Ents | Hobbits | Men | Elves | Great Eagles

Servants of the Shadow:

Dragons | Orcs | Wargs | Werewolves | Spiders | Trolls

References Edit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  3. Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, by way of Google Books [1]