Tolkien Monster Encyclopedia
by Calle Mattsson
This page is devoted to
the monsters and races belonging to darkness.
Here you will find Orcs, Goblins, Balrogs
and many more fearsome creatures.
Dragons are a sort of huge lizards (often
flying and breathing fire) with a great love for gold and valuables.
is thought to have been the last dragon in Middle Earth but no one
for sure if there are more dragons in the world. Dragons are clever and
cunning creatures, almost as deadly using their tongue to lure their
closer, as when they use their raw power and firebreathing mouth to
There appear to have been three strains
dragons: the cold-drakes, the Urulóki (fire-drakes) and the
dragons. The cold-drakes could neither fly nor breath fire. The
e.g. Glaurung, could breathe fire but lacked the ability to fly.
are sometimes referred to as Worms. Two different kinds of
are mentioned in the works of Tolkien; the Long-worms and the
Long-worms (e.g. Scatha) lived in the far north in the elder days. Not
much is known about were-worms. In The Hobbit Bilbo exclaimed
the dwarves: "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."
Ancalagon the black was the first flying
and firebreathing dragon, created by Morgoth. He was slain during the
wars by Eärendil and when he fell dead from the skies he landed on
Thangorodrim and destroyed it. This marked the end of Morgoth´s
Glaurung (Glorund) was the first
dragon and he is therefore referred to as the father of all dragons. He
destroyed large parts of the Elf-lands Ered Wethrin, Dorthonion and
Slain by Túrin Turambar.
Scatha was the mightiest dragon north of
the Grey mountains during the third age. He was drawn south by the the
great dwarven treasures collected by the seven dwarf-lords. Scatha was
eventually slain but more dragons kept coming and many dwarves lost
lives defending their gold and valuables.
Smaug the golden, greatest of the dragons
of his days, took over the dwarf-kingdom under the lonely mountain and
stole their great treasure. There he stayed for two centuries until the
day Bilbo and the dwarves arrived. Slain by Bard.