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The earliest recorded mention was at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad in I 472; still in existence during the War of the Ring at the end of the Third Age
The first known Wolfriders emerged from Angband in the First Age, and so the practice may have originated there
Orcs and Wolves (at least some of which were Wargs)1
This term is sometimes seen in the hyphenated form 'Wolf-riders'


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Those Goblins who rode wolves into battle

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Orcs and Goblins, presumably quite small in stature, that rode into battle on ferocious wolves.



We know that at least some of the Wolves ridden by the Wolfriders were the intelligent kind known as Wargs, who consented to be ridden by Orcs while raiding. This was typical among the Orcs of the Mountains, but it is unclear whether Wolfriders rode full Wargs in all cases. It seems at least plausible that large ordinary Wolves would sometimes be used.

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