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Wargs Attack - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Wargs Attack - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Published: 2015/04/04
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Recondite - Warg [HFT46]
Recondite - Warg [HFT46]
Published: 2016/03/18
Channel: HotflushUK
Bran Stark the Warg
Bran Stark the Warg
Published: 2013/06/04
Channel: ArabianWaleed
Game of Thrones - How Starks Are Wargs | History and Lore
Game of Thrones - How Starks Are Wargs | History and Lore
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: SmokeScreen
Game Of Thrones Season 6 - House Stark Wargs Explained
Game Of Thrones Season 6 - House Stark Wargs Explained
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: Emergency Awesome
Can Bran Stark Warg A Dragon? Theory (Game of Thrones)
Can Bran Stark Warg A Dragon? Theory (Game of Thrones)
Published: 2016/09/27
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WARG - Wargs on the Horizon (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
WARG - Wargs on the Horizon (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
Published: 2016/05/16
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (6/9) Movie CLIP - Warg Battle (2002) HD
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (6/9) Movie CLIP - Warg Battle (2002) HD
Published: 2011/05/27
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Histories And Lore: Wargs And The Sight
Histories And Lore: Wargs And The Sight
Published: 2014/02/18
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"I like to be a warg" - Kit Harington
"I like to be a warg" - Kit Harington
Published: 2015/06/16
Channel: Rubén Stark
Bran Stark - You
Bran Stark - You're a warg, Bran - GOT S3E9
Published: 2013/06/05
Channel: Ravenbreath
IS THE NIGHT KING A WARG?! Game Of Thrones Season 7 Theory
IS THE NIGHT KING A WARG?! Game Of Thrones Season 7 Theory
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: Ser Hunts Reviews
Game of Thrones - Hodor goes epic (Warg controlled by Bran)
Game of Thrones - Hodor goes epic (Warg controlled by Bran)
Published: 2014/05/09
Channel: Sigurd Torvaldsson
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Orc Chase - Full HD
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Orc Chase - Full HD
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: Alexandru Mortimer
Is Jon Snow a Warg in The Show?*Game of Thrones*
Is Jon Snow a Warg in The Show?*Game of Thrones*
Published: 2016/09/24
Channel: Watchers Pod
LOTRO Warg Guide 2016 (U18): Confessions of a Macro Warg
LOTRO Warg Guide 2016 (U18): Confessions of a Macro Warg
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: Stormcrow Productions
Matgeek mansplainar Ida Wargs tips i affären
Matgeek mansplainar Ida Wargs tips i affären
Published: 2017/08/12
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The Hobbit - Azog
The Hobbit - Azog's Attack Full Scene - Warg Attack - Full HD
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Alexandru Mortimer
WARG - Light under the Shadows (In the Dusk of Men - 2016) (Live footage)
WARG - Light under the Shadows (In the Dusk of Men - 2016) (Live footage)
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: WARG
Wargs e Troca-peles | GAME OF THRONES
Wargs e Troca-peles | GAME OF THRONES
Published: 2015/08/13
Channel: CAROL MOREIRA
WARG VS CARAGOR - Shadow of War
WARG VS CARAGOR - Shadow of War
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: DangerVille
Recondite - Warg
Recondite - Warg
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: 101 Underworld
Nu börjar vi inreda lägenheten | VLOGG
Nu börjar vi inreda lägenheten | VLOGG
Published: 2017/11/19
Channel: Ida Warg
Warg ambush
Warg ambush
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: Sniper Mage
LOTRO Warg PvMP Coaching- Volume 1 featuring Craxxer
LOTRO Warg PvMP Coaching- Volume 1 featuring Craxxer
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Stormcrow Productions
Lego Hobbit  How to create a warg
Lego Hobbit How to create a warg
Published: 2013/07/20
Channel: TopLEGOvideo
[Game of Thrones] Why Bran won
[Game of Thrones] Why Bran won't "Warg" a Dragon | Why Dragons are Not Cheesy
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: Pete Peppers
Tale Of Us playing Warg - Recondite
Tale Of Us playing Warg - Recondite
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: leyas01
Warg Attack
Warg Attack
Published: 2008/06/30
Channel: IpswichOdeon
GameOfThrones.- ¿Lyanna Stark una warg? - Juego de Tronos -Teoría
GameOfThrones.- ¿Lyanna Stark una warg? - Juego de Tronos -Teoría
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: MAINFRAME 2.0
LEGO The Hobbit Attack of the wargs brickfilm
LEGO The Hobbit Attack of the wargs brickfilm
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: LordOf TheBricks
WARG - In the Dusk of Men (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
WARG - In the Dusk of Men (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: WARG
Klarar jag att byta bajsblöja? ☆ BYTER PLATS MED MARGAUX DIETZ
Klarar jag att byta bajsblöja? ☆ BYTER PLATS MED MARGAUX DIETZ
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: Ida Warg
Game of Thrones S07E06 Jon Snow Longclaw Warg
Game of Thrones S07E06 Jon Snow Longclaw Warg
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: 19dell
The Warg Battle Uncut.mp4
The Warg Battle Uncut.mp4
Published: 2010/05/09
Channel: Dima Herber
Castlevania Lords of Shadow Music - The Warg
Castlevania Lords of Shadow Music - The Warg
Published: 2010/10/05
Channel: sheDEVILchan
[Ragnarök] Baby Ranger - Fear Breeze/Warg - Up to 175 [bRO @Thor]
[Ragnarök] Baby Ranger - Fear Breeze/Warg - Up to 175 [bRO @Thor]
Published: 2016/05/08
Channel: ßrøwnies & Cøøkies™
WARG - I Am Death (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
WARG - I Am Death (In the Dusk of Men - 2016)
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: WARG
Recondite - Warg // Original mix -- Hotflush Recordings
Recondite - Warg // Original mix -- Hotflush Recordings
Published: 2016/04/09
Channel: Deja Babic
Game of Thrones: Bran wargs into Hodor
Game of Thrones: Bran wargs into Hodor
Published: 2013/06/03
Channel: Martin Eriksen
LEGO Lordoftherings Animation: The Warg rider Ambush
LEGO Lordoftherings Animation: The Warg rider Ambush
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: Stromedy
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Don't Starve Reign Of Giants Poradnik - Warg
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: Don'tStarvePL
Become a Warg Like Bran Stark - Animal Scrying - Subliminal Affirmations
Become a Warg Like Bran Stark - Animal Scrying - Subliminal Affirmations
Published: 2016/08/25
Channel: Mind Power
[kRO] Warg Ranger @ Fallen Bishop
[kRO] Warg Ranger @ Fallen Bishop
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: WTFNAMEOMGLOL
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones' Bran Stark Can Warg in Real Life!
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: POPSUGAR Entertainment
Hodor is a Warg? SHOW THEORY (6x02 Spoilers)
Hodor is a Warg? SHOW THEORY (6x02 Spoilers)
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: Rawrist
House Tour i fetaste huset! | VLOGG MARBELLA
House Tour i fetaste huset! | VLOGG MARBELLA
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: Ida Warg
Viperfang, A Lone-wolf
Viperfang, A Lone-wolf's Tribute. Warg PvP
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Aerdro LOTRO
WARG - concierto semifinal 28 Villa de Bilbao
WARG - concierto semifinal 28 Villa de Bilbao
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: StereoZona Television
Video Review of The Hobbit: Fimbul The Hunter & Warg
Video Review of The Hobbit: Fimbul The Hunter & Warg
Published: 2012/11/28
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A warg rider on an image stone from the former Hunnestad Monument

In Norse mythology, a vargr (pl. vargar; often anglicised as warg or varg) is a wolf and in particular refers to the wolf Fenrir and his sons Sköll and Hati. Based on this, J. R. R. Tolkien in his fiction used the Old English form warg (other O.E. forms being wearg and wearh) to refer to a particularly large and evil kind of wolf.

Etymology[edit]

In Old Norse, vargr is derived from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic *wargaz, ultimately derived from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European (PIE) root *werg̑ʰ- "destroy". In Beowulf, Grendel's mother is described (line 1514) as a grund-wyrgen,[1] which may be translated as "cursed creature of the depths", "bottom-dwelling monster" etc.

vargr (compare modern Swedish varg "wolf") has arisen as a noa-word for úlfr, the normal Old Norse term for "gray wolf" which is related to similar words in other Indo-European languages and is derived from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European noun *wĺ̥kʷos ("wolf") and, probably also, the PIE adjective *wl̥kʷós "dangerous". These words comprise Proto-Tocharian *wä́lkʷë, Proto-Italic *lukʷos, Proto-Balto-Slavic *wilkas, Old Albanian ulk, Greek *lýkos, Proto-Iranian *verk Sanskrit vṛka, Avestan vehrka, Mazandarani varg, Zazaki verg, Old Persian varka- and Persian gorg, among others, all meaning "wolf". Despite their superficial similarity to Old Norse vargr, the various Indo-Iranian forms are not related to it but derive from *wĺ̥kʷos.

Norse mythology[edit]

In Norse mythology, wargs are in particular the mythological wolves Fenrir, Sköll and Hati. In the Hervarar saga, King Heidrek is asked by Gestumblindi (Odin),

What is that lamp
which lights up men,
but flame engulfs it,
and wargs grasp after it always.

Heidrek knows the answer is the Sun, explaining,

She lights up every land and shines over all men, and Skoll and Hatti are called wargs. Those are wolves, one going before the sun, the other after the moon.

Wolves also served as mounts for more or less dangerous humanoid creatures. For instance, Gunnr's horse was a kenning for "wolf" on the Rök Runestone, in the Lay of Hyndla, the völva (witch) Hyndla rides a wolf and to Baldr's funeral, the giantess Hyrrokkin arrived on a wolf.

In popular culture[edit]

J. R. R. Tolkien's wargs[edit]

Taken from the Old English warg, the wargs or wild wolves are a race of lupines in J. R. R. Tolkien's books about Middle-earth. They are usually in league with the goblins or Orcs whom they permitted to ride on their backs into battle. It is probable that they are descended from Draugluin's werewolves, or of the wolf-hounds of the line of Carcharoth of the First Age. They are portrayed as somewhat intelligent, with a language, and are consciously in league with the Orcs.

The concept of wolf-riding Orcs first appears in The Tale of Tinúviel, an early version of the story of Beren and Lúthien written in the 1920s, posthumously published as part of The History of Middle-earth.

In The Hobbit, the wargs appear twice: working with goblins in hunting Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves just east of the Misty Mountains, and as one of the armies in the Battle of Five Armies.

In The Lord of the Rings, they are most prominently mentioned in the middle of The Fellowship of the Ring, where a band of wargs, unaccompanied by Orcs, attacks the Fellowship in Eregion. During the War of the Ring in T.A. 3018–19, wolves prowled outside the walls of Bree. They are here distinguished from "ordinary wolves, hunting for food". Wargs and their riders also appear in The Two Towers.

Adaptations[edit]

In the Rankin-Bass adaptation of The Hobbit, they are portrayed as larger than average wolves with ominously glowing eyes. Although Tolkien never provided a fully complete description of the wargs, they do seem to have a conventional wolf-appearance in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and they are regularly called "wolves."

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy depicts wargs as hyena-like, or even like the extinct, heavier-bodied Hyaenodon.[2] Wargs also appear in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy but are a more wolf-like breed exclusive to Gundabad compared to the wargs used by the Orcs of Isengard.

In The Lord of the Rings Online wargs are a playable race on the antagonist side in the game's PvP area.

Other works[edit]

Subsequent appearances of wargs in popular culture often owe much to Tolkien. Similar to Tolkien's works, they are often depicted as evil, intelligent wolves that speak their own language, and are often allied with goblin tribes:

  • In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, they appear as minor enemies (spelled "worg").
  • In the Castlevania game series, they often appear as large wolf-like enemies. Occasionally they appear as riding mounts for skeletons and the demon Andras.
    • In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, there is a variant known as a Fire Warg which can spit fireballs from its mouth.
    • In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Soma Cruz can absorb a defeated Warg's Soul allowing him to summon the head of a Warg to perform a biting attack on his enemies.
    • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Wargs are massive wolf-like beasts take can be tamed and used as riding mounts by Lesser Lycanthropes and the game's protagonist, Gabriel Belmont. The game's first boss is a Giant Warg called the Great Warg which are Wargs that have been blessed with new powers such as greater strength and wound regeneration by Cornell, the Dark Lord of the Lycanthropes.
  • In the Gameloft game Six Guns, wargs are one of the animals to be killed in one of the "hunter" missions.
  • In World of Warcraft, worgs are a common mob (killable creature) found in forested areas which appear as shaggy wolves with large teeth, and there is a werewolf-like playable race known as Worgen. Like the J.R.R. Tolkien version, the Worgs serve as the mounts of the Orcs.
  • In David Clement-Davies's books The Sight and Fell, the wolves are known as the Varg, their self-chosen name, and their god is Fenris.
  • In the MMORPG Ragnarok Online Renewal, Rangers can summon a warg as a mount.
  • In the 2010 comic book Thor and the Warriors Four by Alex Zalben and Girihiru, the Power Pack team encounter a group of wargs in Central Park that they use to ride to Asgard.
  • In the popular game Wizard101, there is a warg mount on which the player can ride.
  • In Age of Conan: Unchained wargs are commonly found in the Cimmerian region known as Connal's Valley in addition, in the Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer expansion pack concept art of the Khitain wolf mount is labelled WARG CONCEPT.
  • In 2005 a German group of musicians formed the (Viking) metal band Varg. This name was apparently not chosen by accident seeing as they present themselves as bringers of a wolf-themed cult (see also their 2011 album, Wolfskult). Besides frequent wolf-related lyrics, they also employ red and black face paint, which is probably meant to resemble Germanic warpaint.[3]
  • In RimWorld, wargs are animals that can also be tamed.
  • Wolf riders and their wolves are units for the Orc faction in Warlords Battlecry.
  • Fenris makes an appearance in Thor: Hammer of the Gods.
  • In Guild Wars 2, wargs are large canine creatures with glowing red eyes, a bulky chest and relatively small hind legs. [4]
  • In George R. R. Martin's series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the popular TV adaptation, Game of Thrones, skinchangers are able to enter the mind of an animal and control their actions. Wargs are skinchangers that can temporarily inhabit the mind of a wolf or dog. Talented skinchangers can become greenseers, who can glimpse into the past, present, and future. An adage says that one man in a thousand is a skinchanger, and one skinchanger in a thousand is a greenseer.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Osborn, Marijane; Overing, Gillian R. (2001). "Bone-Crones Have No Hearth: Some Women in the Medieval Wilderness". In Adams, Paul C.; Hoelscher, Steven D.; et al. Textures of Place: Exploring Humanist Geographies. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 354 note 38. ISBN 0-8166-3756-3. 
  2. ^ The "Two Towers" Creatures Guide Collins (November 6, 2002) ISBN 0-00-714409-1
  3. ^ http://www.varg.de/cms2/index.php/2013-02-17-15-14-36/bio
  4. ^ https://wiki.guildwars2.comWarg

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