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In the First Age, werewolves were servants of Morgoth bred of wolves and inhabited by dreadful spirits, 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.[1]

Gandalf suggests in conversation with Frodo Baggins, after the events at the Ford of Bruinen, that werewolves survived into the Third Age, and makes a distinction between them and wargs.


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'.[2]


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 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


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, by way of Google Books [1]