J. R. R. Tolkien's universe of Middle-earth features dragons closely based on those of European legend. All were created by Morgoth out of fire and sorcery sometime before the First Age of the Sun, when Glaurung first appeared.
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Tolkien designed his own taxonomic system for dragons, based on two factors:
Means of locomotion
These categories could mix and match in any way.
All of Tolkien's dragons also shared a love of treasure (especially gold), subtle intelligence, immense cunning, great physical strength, and a hypnotic power called "dragon-spell".