The Wargs or Wild Wolves are a race of fictional wolf creatures in J.R.R. Tolkien's books about Middle-earth. They are almost always in league with the Orcs or Goblins whom they permitted to ride on their backs into battle. The Wargs speak a rudimentary language of their own. It is probable that they are descended from Draugluin's werewolves of the First Age.
Warg, like many words used in Tolkien's works, is an actual archaic Old English word meaning a large wolf. It has cognates in other Germanic languages such as Old Norse, where it is usually spelt with a V (i.e. Varg), and is the modern Swedish word for wolf. As the books were supposedly translated rather than written, 'Warg' would not have been the word used in Westron but an equivalent thereof.
As is the case with many of Tolkien's inventions, Wargs or transparent variants appear in other works of fantasy, including Dungeons & Dragons, sometimes under the name "worg". To be fair, a monster wolf is not the most original of designs.
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