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Tolkien designed his own taxonomic system for dragons, based on two factors:
Means of locomotion
- Some dragons (Scatha) had no legs, or front legs alone, and crawled like snakes.
- Others (Glaurung) walked on four legs, like a Komodo dragon or some other lizard.
- A third type (Ancalagon, Smaug) could both walk on four legs and fly using wings. Winged-dragons only first appeared during the War of Wrath, the battle that ended the First Age, so all dragons introduced before the end of the First Age couldn't fly (such as Glaurung), although breeds of wingless dragons did survive into later ages.
- The Urulóki (singular Urulok