Tevildo, "The Prince of Cats", was the mightiest of all cats who 'possessed of an evil spirit’, and a close companion of Morgoth in early versions of Tolkien's legendarium.[1]


His physical features included his being black as the starless night, and having blood red eyes. He had servants that were cats, and they were huge because Morgoth, the first dark lord, put a spell on them which made them massive in size, utterly ferocious, and deadly when fighting. Two of the most famous servants of Tevildo were Oikeroi and Umuiyan.[2]

Tevildo, along with being given massive size, was also given a mystical collar made of gold that enhanced his power even further. This collar was later taken from him by Huan, a hound of Valinor. Huan then forced Tevildo, in return for Huan's not killing him, to give up the words that Morgoth had used to enchant Tevildo's cat servants. That ended the cats' enchantment, and they (though not Tevildo) returned to their normal size. Morgoth was furious when he learned that the cats had betrayed him.[2]


Other namesEdit

His full name was Tiberth Bridhon Miaugion - the Elves simply called him Tevildo. His Gnomish name was Tifil, coming from tif ("resentment, ill-feeling").[2][3][4]

Behind the scenesEdit

He was Morgoth's servant in the early writings of Tolkien's legendarium, and was the "Lord of the Cats". Tevildo's character was the forerunner to the Maia Sauron.

In Beren and Luthien, Tevildo's character had been re-adapted into another close companion of Morgoth (separate from Sauron): Thu the Necromancer. However, his evolution as a forerunner to Sauron is still mentioned in the footnotes.


  1. Beren and Lúthien
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales 2, chapter I: "The Tale of Tinúviel"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. II: The Book of Lost Tales 2, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II