The subject of this article originates from non-canonical sources. To find out about what is considered "canon" see LOTR:Canon.
Drake is a type of creature set to appear in the upcoming videogame Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
Notable characteristics of drakes include spiky protrusions on the lower jaw, back and belly, and on the tip of their tails. Additionally, there is as skull-like bony crest covering the upper jaw and face with small, rather blank-looking eyes. Drakes do not have vivid horns on the heads as dragons do, and have large jaws resembling those of crocdiles.
Being more scaly and spiky than fell beasts, drakes may be more heavily built than the former creature, especially in regards to their tails and hind legs, but at the same time have slightly shorter necks and tails than fell beasts. Along with fell beasts, one or more of these creatures were ridden by the Nazgûl, including the Witch-king of Angmar. Overall, silhouette of the drakes seen in the game resemble fell beasts far more than they resemble Smaug.
There is another type of drake, with distinctive beaks, tail protuberances, and horns. This breed is more akin to Hell Hawk, an alias and original description for the Fell beasts in the books.
As being kin of dragons, drakes have high potential in terms of engaging and attacking enemies, and in regards flying. They can use two types of breath: flamethrower-like fire and fire balls. Despite being slim compared other land-dwelling monsters (such as the Graug), drakes may be surprisingly durable and powerful.
- Drakes are the first dragons to be neutral at all or to face off against the dark side. Another example of dragon to align with free folks is Urgost, but he doesn't directly battle against the servants of Sauron or Sauron himself.
- The individuals to carry Talion and the Nazgûl are also the first dragons to be mounted by any men, free folk, or Nazgûl, and to wear any saddle or armor. In older descriptions, Gothmog, the king of balrogs was seen to ride a dragon, possibly the fire-drake of Gondolin.