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Dragons (Middle-earth)

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.

Table of contents
1 Taxonomy
2 Other characteristics
3 Important dragons
4 External link


Tolkien designed his own taxonomic system for dragons, based on two factors:

Means of locomotion

Fire breathing

These categories could mix and match in any way.

Other characteristics

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".

Important dragons

External link