In the First Age, werewolves were servants of Morgoth bred of wolves and inhabited by dreadful spirits (fallen Maiar, or the fëar of orcs), imprisoned so by Sauron. Unlike werewolves of other literature, these did not transform from man to wolf at night, and their behavior had no lunar influences.
Werewolves inhabited Tol-in-Gaurhoth, which became known as the "Isle of Werewolves".
The progenitor of all werewolves was Draugluin at Tol-in-Gaurhoth, and the greatest werewolf after him was his descendant Carcharoth, guardian of Angband. The form of the werewolves was first fashioned by Sauron, their lord, who 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).
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.
PortrayalsWerewolves 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 summoned by Angmar.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||人狼|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Хүн чононууд|
|Serbian||вукодлаци (Cyrillic) Vukodlaci (Latin)|
|Urdu||چھپے انسانی بھیڑیے|
|Uzbek||Wереwолвес (Cyrillic) Kurtadam (Latin)|
Races of the Creatures of Arda
Servants of the Shadow: