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Wargs by John Howe.

Wargs or Wild Wolves were a race of wolves seen in Rhovanion.



The Wargs appeared once in chasing Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Thorin and Company just east of the Misty Mountains[1], and once at the Battle of Five Armies.[2]

A band of Wargs, unaccompanied by Orcs, also attacked the Fellowship of the Ring in Hollin, and again in The Two Towers at the Battle of the Hornburg.


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

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

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