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Re: Wargs

From:C. Tsuchiya <milo@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 26, 1999, 3:37
Sally Caves wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me what a "warg" is in contemporary horror? > What are the Wolfen? Are they wargs? > > I know that vargr in Old Norse is an outlaw (and a wolf), but > didn't the word "warg," cognate with it, get conscripted for > some monster in contemporary lit? > > I've read that warg was the Middle High German word used to > describe desecrator of churches and graves, eaters of the dead. > Were they also werewolves? >
Tolkien mentions wargs, where they were his very large wolves. I had the feeling that they were some sort of (what we would call) neolithic variety. They showed up in the original D&D as borrowed from Tolkien. Or are you thinking of some more recent literary usage? Laurie -- "Being bright does not grant an immunity to doing idiotic things; more like, it just enlarges the possible scope." -- Lois McMaster Bujold