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Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the Eastof East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.Bilbo BagginsThe HobbitAn Unexpected Party
of an unknown kind, possibly mythical and presumably related to [[Dragons]], that were said to dwell in the [[Last Desert]].
[[Tolkien]] only ever mentions
[[Tolkien]] only ever mentions -worms once, in the quote given above, so we know almost nothing about them. We cannot even be certain that they actually existed the [[Hobbits]] had a rich folklore fantastic , and -worms quite possibly fall into that category.
the name were-wormsuggests a shapeshifting creature like werewolf -that the . were -worms, , must remain in the of speculation.
Revision as of 16:14, 20 July 2006
- "Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert."
- ― Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
Tolkien only ever mentions Were-worms once, in the quote given above, so we know almost nothing about them. We cannot even be certain that they actually existed — the Hobbits had a rich folklore full of fantastic creatures, and Were-worms quite possibly fall into that category.
Though the name "were-worm" suggests a shapeshifting creature like the werewolf of modern-day folktales, that might not be the case in Tolkien's legendarium. In Middle-earth, "Werewolves", such as Draugluin, were horrific, supernatural wolves of enormous size, but they did not shapechage. Thus Were-worms, if they did exist, could be a bizarre type of Dragon, though this must remain in the realm of speculation.