Vampire was used loosely to designate mysterious bat-like creatures serving Sauron and Morgoth.


Almost nothing is known about them, though Tolkien does name one: Thuringwethil. Sauron also took the shape of a vampire on at least one occasion, during the travels of Beren and Lúthien, while he still had the ability to change his shape. They may have been fallen Maiar as was Sauron, lesser angelic spirits (as opposed to the Valar, greater angelic spirits, as was Morgoth). They are mentioned in The Silmarillion. These brief mentions of creatures such as vampires, werewolves and hill giants, or of non-Istari wizards, magic rings not connected with the One Ring, or even the spells and curses placed by Thorin Oakenshield and his party on the troll hoard are windows into just how expansive Middle-earth really is, beyond even what is detailed in J. R. R. Tolkien's work.

Vampires may or may not be connected to the actual giant Bats that followed the orc hordes into the Battle of the Five Armies in The Hobbit. They probably are since it is said that they fed upon the fallen as vampires.

There is no mention of Vampires after the First Age ended, and they presumably became extinct after the destruction of Morgoth.

Tolkien may have just chosen the word "vampire" for its modern connotations of bat-associated monsters. A similar instance is the use of the word "Werewolf" by the same author to denote wolf-like creatures, otherwise possibly unrelated to traditional werewolves. However, in context of the word "Vampire," Sauron did assume the form of such a creature numerous times. On one occasion, he flew over the forests "dripping blood from his throat." Furthermore, the vampire Thuringwethil, as her name connotes, was a "woman" of shadow. At any rate, we can at least assume that Tolkien was aware of the fact that vampires, while bat-like creatures, were also somewhat humanoid in form and involved "blood" in some way or another -- albeit, if not in the way traditionally viewed for such fictional creatures.[1]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Video gamesEdit

  • The Lord of the Rings Online has Carcharan, a vampire of Morgoth, in the forest of Mirkwood. It is a vampire in the form of a giant vampire bat.

New-Line FilmsEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Vampier
Albanian Vampir
Amharic ቫምፓየር
Arabic مصاص دماء
Aromanian Vurcolacu
Armenian Վամպիր
Azerbaijani Vampir
Basque Banpiro
Belarusian Cyrillic Вампір
Bengali ভ্যাম্পায়ার
Bosnian Vampir
Breton Suner-gwad
Bulgarian Cyrillic Вампир
Burmese သွေးစုပ်ဖုတ်ကောင်
Cambodian បិសាច​ជញ្ជក់ឈាម
Catalan Vampir
Chinese (Hong Kong) 吸血鬼
Croatian Vampir
Czech Upír
Danish Vampyr
Dari وامپیره
Dutch Vampier
Esperanto Vampiro
Estonian Vampiir
Filipino Bampira
Finnish Vampyyri
Galician Vampiro
Georgian ვამპირი
German Vampir
Greek Βρυκόλακας
Hebrew ערפד
Hindi पिशाच
Hungarian Vámpír
Icelandic Vampíra
Indonesian Vampir
Irish Gaelic Vaimpír
Italian Vampiro
Japanese 吸血鬼
Kannada ರಕ್ತಪಿಶಾಚಿ
Kashubian Wieszczi
Kazakh Cyrillic Вампіре
Korean 흡혈귀
Kurdish ڤامپیره‌ (Arabic script) Vampîre (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Вампирэ
Laotian ຜີດິບ
Latin Vampyrus
Latvian Vampīrs
Lithuanian Vampyras
Luxembourgish Vampir
Macedonian Cyrillic Вампир
Malay Vampir
Malayalam രക്തരക്ഷസ്
Marathi वम्पिरे
Mongolian Cyrillic Вампире
Nāhuatl Tlācatzinācantli
Nepalese वम्पिरे
Norwegian Vampyr
Occitan Vampir
Persian خون‌آشام
Polish Wampir
Portuguese Vampiro
Punjabi ਪਿਸ਼ਾਚ
Romanian Vampir
Russian Вампир
Sanskrit वेताल
Scottish Gaelic Bhampair
Serbian Вампир (Cyrillic) Vampir (Latin)
Sindhi رت پيئندڙ جن
Sinhalese පිසාචයින්
Slovak Upír
Slovenian Vampir
Spanish Vampiro
Swedish Vampyr
Tajik Cyrillic Вампире
Tibetan ཟེར་རོ།
Tagalog Bampira
Tamil வாம்பைர்
Telugu రక్త పిశాచి
Thai แวมไพร์
Turkish Vampir
Turkmen Wampir
Ukrainian Cyrillic Упир
Urdu خون آشام
Uzbek Вампирлар (Cyrillic) Vampirlar (Latin)
Vietnamese Ma cà rồng
Volapük Vampir
Welsh Fampir
Yoruba Fanpaya
Yiddish וואַמפּיר


  1. The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Lúthien"

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