These new pictures from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey give us our first real look at the menacing looking Wargs from the story. These beasts look absolutley terrifying. They look like they might be screenshots from an upcoming new trailer for the film. I'm sure we'll get at least one more full trailer before the movie is released on December 14th!
Here's a description of the creatures:
Wargs were beasts of Middle-Earth used by orcs of Isengard and Mordor in the Third Age. They were simply giant wolf-hyenas that roamed Rhovanion, also known as Wilderland, and the wilds to the east of the Misty Mountains. They appear first in the Fellowship of the Ring, attacking the Fellowship before their entrance into Moria, but in the book they are only called Wolves, from Isengard.
In a way they took the place of Werewolves in the Third Age. Like so many foul creatures, the Warg may have first been bred in Angband by Morgoth, the result of mixing two animals to produce a true monster. Wargs were said by some to have been very intelligent predators; it is rumoured that they had a crude understanding of some orc words and their Black Speech. Wargs appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, in which they attack Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the dwarves that are traveling to the Lonely Mountain (Erebor).
Do you like the designs of these deadly beasts?