|Average height||5 feet|
|Place of origin||Northern Europe|
|Habitat||Forests, tundras, etc.|
|Locomotion||Movement using four legs|
|Behind the Scenes|
Warg is the term used to describe large, ferocious wolves in Norse mythology, the most famous of which being Fenrir. They are perhaps most well-known as one of the many races that inhabit Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit and later writings. Like their legendary counterparts, these Wargs are often used for transportation as mounts.
Tolkien's Wargs are evil wolf-like creatures who are used as steeds by Isengard Orcs. Like so many foul creatures, the Wargs may have first been bred in Mordor, the result of mixing two animals to produce a true monster. Wargs were said by some to have been very intelligent predators; it is rumoured that they had a crude understanding of some Orc words.
Wargs measured about five feet at the shoulder, and could be up to ten feet in length from snout to the tail. Rohan tapestries show the Wargs to have a bearlike face with a long muzzle full of huge fangs and a long, prehensile neck; its eyes are small and set back to each side of its head, its ears at the back of the skull. This arrangement gives greatest sensory range while keeping its vulnerable areas protected, and the long neck gives it reach, flexibility and power when biting into flesh. There is a large well muscled hump above its forelegs, that propels it at high speeds, allowing the beast to run swiftly but also smash and tackle prey and foes.
Apart from its ruff, the Warg has short dense fur, which keeps injury from tooth and claw to a minimum. Not all damage comes from the men and beasts it's attacking; Wargs are ferocious and may quickly turn on other members of their pack as well as their handlers. Coloration and patterning of the fur seems to vary throughout the breed, with mottling and other patterns appearing in shades of red, brown, fawn and liver, with harder patterning appearing toward the back. Powerful haunches and a dewclaw allow the Warg to climb.