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Creatures of Evil

The following are a list of creatures that, usually, worked against Man.


Balrogs were Maiar spirits of fire corrupted by Melkor in the beginning of the World. They were black and it was hard to see what exactly their shape was inside the shadow they carried with them. Their main weapon was a whip of many fiery thongs. Most were destroyed in the destruction of Beleriand though at least one survived and fled under Caradhras, where he was accidently released by the Dwarves of Khazad-dum. It was because of this that the mines gained the name Moria, the Black Chasm. This Balrog was destroyed by Gandalf, though he himself died as a result.

Wargs are evil wolves that are often used by Orcs as steeds. They are also totally independent of the Orcs and hunt on their own.Wargs tend to be found on the eastern side of the Misty Mountains. When killed, the bodies seem to disappear somehow.

The Lord of the Rings, page 316:
When the full light of morning came no signs of the wolves were to be found, and they looked in vain for the bodies of the dead. No trace of the fight remained but the chared trees and the arrows of Legolas lying on the hilltop. All were undamaged save one of which only the point was left.
"It is as I feared," said Gandalf. "These were no ordinary wolves hunting for food in the wilderness. Let us eat quickly and go!"


There have been Giant Spiders in Middle-Earth from the beginning of Time. The Giant Spider's webs are extremely tough, and hard to cut. This does not show in The Hobbit, as Bilbo was using an elvish sword which he then called Sting. It was found by Frodo and Sam when fleeing Shelob, and the Elvish sword, Sting, cut the webs with ease, while Sam's sword hardly cut the threads at all. These Spiders could apparently talk, as they were heard talking to one another by Bilbo and recorded in his diary.

Winged Beasts

"A creature of an older world maybe it was, whose kind, lingering in forgotten mountains cold beneath the Moon, outstayed their day, and in a hideous eyrie bred this last untimely brood, apt to evil. And the Dark Lord took it and nursed it with fell meats, until it grew beyond the measure of all other things that fly; and he gave it to his servant to be his steed."

There were at least ten of the Winged Beasts, as one of the Nazgul had one shot out from under him by Legolas when he attacked the Company from the east bank of the Anduin River. They were like bats in that they had no feathers, but neither did they have any fur. They were quite naked.