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Carcharoth consumed a Silmaril early in I 466, and was slain in the Hunting of the Wolf later in the same year
Carcharoth took the Silmaril before the Gate of Angband, and fled into the south to be caught on the course of the river Esgalduin
The burning of the hallowed Silmaril within the Wolf Carcharoth
Carcharoth was originally set to guard Angband
'Jaws of Thirst'
Other names
Jaws of Thirst; a name given to the Wolf more commonly called Carcharoth, the Red Maw


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‘The Jaws of Thirst’

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Carcharoth was the greatest wolf of all time, bred by Morgoth with the purpose of defeating Huan, whose fate was to be slain by such a creature. The great wolf was set by his master as a guard on the gates of Angband. When Beren and Lúthien entered Angband in quest of the Silmaril, they were able to enchant Carcharoth and pass safely in, but as they made their escape, they encountered him once again.

Beren held up the hallowed Jewel to ward off the beast, but Carcharoth bit off his hand at the wrist, Silmaril and all. Because of the power of the Jewel, it burned the wolf's innards, consuming him with an overpowering thirst. From this comes Carcharoth's later and rarer name of Anfauglir, meaning 'Jaws of Thirst'.

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