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Worms was a name for the race of Dragons, and especially those wingless kinds (such as Glaurung himself) who crawled on the ground.


Worm is an actual old word for dragon,[1] derived from Old English wyrm, Old Norse ormr ("serpent").


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Verlyn Flieger, Douglas A. Anderson (eds.), Tolkien On Fairy-stories: Expanded edition, with commentary and notes, p. 108