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'''Vampires''' were mysterious bat-like creatures in the service of [[Morgoth]] and of [[Sauron]]. The only vampire that [[Tolkien]] names is [[Sauron]]'s servant [[Thuringwethil]], but Sauron himself took the form of a vampire on at least one occasion, to flee [[Huan]].
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[[Image:Vampire.jpg|frame|''Vampire'' by [[Liz Danforth]]]]
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<small>"''A vampire shape with pinions vast''<br>
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''screeching leaped from the ground, and passed,''<br>
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''its dark blood dripping on the trees''"<ref>{{LB|C9}}, line 2820, p. 254</ref></small>
  
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'''Vampires''' were mysterious bat-like creatures in the service of [[Morgoth]] and of [[Sauron]]. The only vampire that [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] names is [[Sauron]]'s servant [[Thuringwethil]], but Sauron himself took the form of a vampire on at least one occasion, to flee [[Huan]].<ref>{{S|19}}</ref>
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]'':'''
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:Vampires are described as former [[Maiar|Maia]] patrons of normal bats, but corrupted by Morgoth and transformed into demons appearing as man-sized bats with "''the faces of hideous Men or Women''", having the ability to change shape.<ref>{{ICE|2012}}, p. 91</ref> A related creature is also envisioned, the ''Blood-wight'', which is an undead [[Men|Mannish]] shapechanger, draining blood from living beings.<ref>{{ICE|8013}}</ref>
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==External links==
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*{{WP|Vampire}}
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Revision as of 23:00, 17 October 2010

"A vampire shape with pinions vast
screeching leaped from the ground, and passed,
its dark blood dripping on the trees"[1]

Vampires were mysterious bat-like creatures in the service of Morgoth and of Sauron. The only vampire that J.R.R. Tolkien names is Sauron's servant Thuringwethil, but Sauron himself took the form of a vampire on at least one occasion, to flee Huan.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

Middle-earth Role Playing:

Vampires are described as former Maia patrons of normal bats, but corrupted by Morgoth and transformed into demons appearing as man-sized bats with "the faces of hideous Men or Women", having the ability to change shape.[3] A related creature is also envisioned, the Blood-wight, which is an undead Mannish shapechanger, draining blood from living beings.[4]

External links

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lays of Beleriand, "III. The Lay of Leithian: Canto IX (The defeat of Thû)", line 2820, p. 254
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), p. 91
  4. Jeffery McKeage (1989), Dark Mage of Rhudaur (#8013)