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The Worm

A title of Dragons

A title given to two Dragons, the word here is used in its Old English sense of 'serpent' or 'dragon', and so in principle would be applicable to any similar creature of Dragon-kind. The earliest Dragon to be explicitly referred to in this way was Glaurung the Great Worm in the First Age, who was thus named by Túrin after his slaying. The same title was applied in the Third Age to the Long-worm Scatha, slain by Fram son of Frumgar. Fram recovered the Worm's hoard, and remnants of that hoard could still be found in the treasuries of the Rohirrim centuries later. A related title was also given to Smaug, who was referred to as the 'Worm of Dread'.

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