In the First Age, 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".
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).
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.
Portrayals EditWerewolves 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.
Translations around the World Edit
|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: