From Tolkien Gateway
|Kevin Ward - True Cold-drake|
|Origins||Bred by Morgoth in Angband|
|Locations||Angband, Northern Waste, Withered Heath, Grey Mountains|
|Rivalries||Dwarves of the Grey Mountains|
|Lifespan||"Long and slow"|
|Distinctions||Could not breathe fire|
- "Now the least mighty - yet they were very great beside the Men of those days - are cold as in the nature of snakes and serpents, and of them a many having wings go with the uttermost noise and speed..."
- ― Turambar and the Foalókë
Cold-drakes were dragons that could not breathe fire. Morgoth bred and used cold-drakes in the First Age. After the War of Wrath, some cold-drakes were found in the waste north of the Grey Mountains.
As the millennia passed, their numbers grew, until they became a serious threat in the later centuries of the Third Age to the Dwarves that mined the Grey Mountains. In T.A. 2589, Dáin I, King of Durin's Folk, and his second son Frór were slain at the gates of their hall by a Cold-drake. The attacks of these fearsome creatures persuaded the Dwarves to migrate eastwards from the Grey Mountains, and it was soon afterward that their realms in the Iron Hills and at Erebor were established.
Portrayal in adaptations
2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- Cold-drakes appear throughout the northern lands of Middle-earth, particularly in the Ered Mithrin where they serve "Hrímil Frost-Heart", a dragon who consumed one of the dwarven Rings of Power. Hrímil's mightiest spawn, the Cold-drake "Vethúg Wintermind", was the one to slay King Dáin I and his son Frór in Thikil-gundu, "The Steel Keep" (otherwise known as Dáin's Halls). Unlike Tolkien's Cold-drakes, who simply could not breathe fire, the game's Cold-drakes often project icy breath.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"