In Middle-earth, the term "hound" (Q. "huo": pl. "huron") almost always meant the fierce wolfhound (S. "huadraug"). These creatures ranged in size from the (relatively) diminutive dogs used by Hobbit farmers and shirriffs near the borders of the Shire to the great and noble beasts used by the noble Men of old to hunt the wargs and werewolves of Morgoth. Hounds were found wherever there were Men or Hobbits; they also sometimes ran wild in desolate areas where Men no longer dwelt.


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