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Taken from the Old English ''warg'',  the '''Wargs''' or '''Wild Wolves''' were a race of wolves.  
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In Old [[Norse]], warg or vargr is a term for "wolf" (ulfr). In Norse mythology, wargs are in particular the wolf Fenrir and his sons Skoll and Hati.
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In [[Old Norse]], ''vargr'' is a term for "wolf" (''ulfr''). In Norse mythology, wargs are in particular the wolf [[wikipedia:Fenrir|Fenrir]] and his sons [[wikipedia:Skoll|Skoll]] and [[wikipedia:Hati|Hati]].
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)]]'':'''
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:Wargs are taller and darker than regular wolves, but due to the progression in the game, pose less of a threat; whereas wolves are only encountered by a stick-wielding [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], wargs appear only in levels in which the player is [[Gandalf]] or [[Aragorn]].
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'''2003: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'':'''
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:Wargs are portrayed a large wolves. They only appear in cutscenes, and are non-fightable.
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'''2001-3: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'':'''
 
'''2001-3: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'':'''
 
:Wargs appear to be more like a "hyena-bear-wolf hybrid" rather than wolves, in an effort to distinguish them from regular wolves by presenting them as some sort of distant cousin.  However, it should be noted that Tolkien never actually described Wargs beyond stating they were demonic wolves.
 
:Wargs appear to be more like a "hyena-bear-wolf hybrid" rather than wolves, in an effort to distinguish them from regular wolves by presenting them as some sort of distant cousin.  However, it should be noted that Tolkien never actually described Wargs beyond stating they were demonic wolves.

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Wargs by John Howe.

Wargs or Wild Wolves were a race of wolves.

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Appearance

In The Hobbit, the Wargs appear twice, once in chasing Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves just east of the Misty Mountains, and once at the Battle of Five Armies. In The Lord of the Rings, they are most prominently mentioned in the middle of The Fellowship of the Ring, where a band of Wargs, unaccompanied by Orcs, attacks the Fellowship in Hollin, and again in The Two Towers at the Battle of the Hornburg.

Etymology

In Old Norse, vargr is a term for "wolf" (ulfr). In Norse mythology, wargs are in particular the wolf Fenrir and his sons Skoll and Hati.

Portrayal in adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Wargs are taller and darker than regular wolves, but due to the progression in the game, pose less of a threat; whereas wolves are only encountered by a stick-wielding Frodo, wargs appear only in levels in which the player is Gandalf or Aragorn.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Wargs are portrayed a large wolves. They only appear in cutscenes, and are non-fightable.

2001-3: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy:

Wargs appear to be more like a "hyena-bear-wolf hybrid" rather than wolves, in an effort to distinguish them from regular wolves by presenting them as some sort of distant cousin. However, it should be noted that Tolkien never actually described Wargs beyond stating they were demonic wolves.

See also


Wolves
Individuals: Anfauglir · Carcharoth · Draugluin · Wolf-Sauron
Races: Wargs · Werewolves · White Wolves