So was this article a straight copy and paste from Wikipedia? This is supposed to be a lore-appropriate wiki, is it not? So can anyone then back up more than half this article claims about werewolves? I'm not even convinced there is a distinction between wolves and werewolves other than that Morgoth's first wolf, Drauglin, being mentioned as much a couple of times in The Silmarillion. I'm not sure of Christopher Tolkien's word choice, considering the "wer" implies the usual myth behind werewolves that they are part man, but there is no such distinction, or a hint as much, that this is what Drauglin is (in fact even the illustration of Drauglin in The Silmarillion is shown that he's a rather large black wolf). This is even more confusing considering Drauglin's very name (Draug literally meaning wolf; check The Silmarillion appendix). Nothing, however, even hints at the nature of Drauglin or of other werewolves (considering they are never mentioned again in The Silmarillion). 188.8.131.52 00:20, March 20, 2010 (UTC)
I just finished a reread, and I recall nothing about Gandalf discussing werewolves with Frodo after the Ford of Bruinen. This whole article is bs, although I know nothing about the Silmarillion. Fatidiot1234 04:13, March 20, 2010 (UTC)
As I recall from a pre-Jackson guide of mine, Werewolves were sentient Maiar spirits (like Vampires). They could not shift form, but could speak and understand the commands of the Dark Lord. Wyvern Rex. 13:43, March 20, 2010 (UTC)
Wyvern Rex. is correct. The actual word "werewolves" appears in the Silmarillion. The werwolves are "wer" in that they are possessed by spirits and are not just animals or monsters. The Silmarilion illustrates these creatures were not just wolves or wargs... they were wolves possessed by dark spirits (capable of "madness" which is used for beings that are self-aware). They are also filled with the dark magic of Morgoth. Read "19: Of Beren and Luthien" of The Silmarilian to see the sources paying close attention to the description of "Carcharoth". In no place in the Silmarillion do these "werewolves" shapeshift.