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Cold-drakes

Cold-drakes
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Kevin Ward - Cold-drake.jpg
Kevin Ward - True Cold-drake
General Information
OriginsBred by Morgoth in Angband
LocationsAngband, Northern Waste, Withered Heath, Grey Mountains
AffiliationMorgoth
RivalriesDwarves of the Grey Mountains
Physical Description
Lifespan"Long and slow"[1]
DistinctionsCould not breathe fire
"Now the least mighty - yet they were very great beside the Men of those days - are cold as in the nature of snakes and serpents, and of them a many having wings go with the uttermost noise and speed..."
Turambar and the Foalókë

Cold-drakes were dragons that could not breathe fire. Morgoth bred and used cold-drakes in First Age. After the War of Wrath, some cold-drakes were found in the waste north of the the Grey Mountains.

As the millennia passed, their numbers grew, until they became a serious threat in the later centuries of the Third Age to the Dwarves that mined the Grey Mountains.[2] In T.A. 2589, Dáin I, King of Durin's Folk, and his second son Frór were slain at the gates of their halls by a Cold-drake.[3] The attacks of these fearsome creatures persuaded the Dwarves to migrate eastwards from the Grey Mountains, and it was soon afterward that their realms in the Iron Hills and at Erebor were established.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • Speakng about dragons, Thranduil tells to Thorin that he knows well the meaning of dragonfire, as in the past he has fought "the serpents of the North". Saying this, his cheeck is decomposited, as if some old wound is returning.
The Lord of the Rings Online (2007-)
  • Cold Drakes are very apparent in the northern lands of Middle Earth, particularly in the Ered Mithrin, where they serve the Frost-Hoarde of Hrímil Frost-Heart, a dragon who consumed one of the dwarven Rings of Power. Hrímil's mightiest spawn, the Cold Drake Vethúg Wintermind, was the one to slay King Dáin I and his son Frór in the Longbeard keep of Thikil-gundu, "The Steel Keep" (otherwise known as Dáin's Halls).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"