What Is A Warg?

Dear Sara,

At first, I thought George R.R. Martin invented wargs – a person who forms a particular psychic bond with a specific wolf – for his A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE books. Then I remembered that wargs are also in J.R.R. Tolkien’s HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS, but in Tolkien, wargs are just big, evil wolves. What are wargs?

Sincerely, Pam J.

Dear Pam,


The term “warg” originates in Norse mythology, with the giant wolf Fenris, also spelled Fenrir, one of the sons of the mischief-making god Loki. Fenris and his sons Skoll and Hati are the original wargs. As Tolkien based a lot of his Middle Earth mythology on Norse mythology, he used the term for a race of evil wolves who are in league with goblins and orcs. Wargs and the alternatively-spelled Vargs and worgs, larger and more intelligent than usual wolflike beings, have subsequently turned up in a variety of works of fiction and videogames, including WORLD OF WARCRAFT and RAGNAROK ONLINE. Additionally, a character named Varg is the leader of a species of wolflike beings in Jim Butcher’s CODEX ALERA series of novels.

-Sara Bellum

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The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.