Could Maiar ever take non-humanoid form?

All 3 forms that I'm aware of were human/humanoid (5 Council Wizards, Sauron, and Balrogs).

  • I'm don't recall Balrogs being described as humanoids. Where did you get that? – Zottek Feb 5 '12 at 19:34
  • @Zottek - the one in the movie look humanoid. Aside from maybe-having-wings, I am pretty sure that the books' descriptions also were humanodidy – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 5 '12 at 20:01
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    @Zottek - "Something was coming up behind them. What it was could not be seen: it was like a great shadow, in the middle of which was a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror seemed to be in it and to go before it." – user8719 Jan 18 '14 at 15:45


Now Sauron knew well, as did all in that land, the fate that was decreed for the hound of Valinor, and it came into his thought that he himself would accomplish it. Therefore he took upon himself the form of a werewolf...


Then Sauron shifted shape, from wolf to serpent, and from monster to his own accustomed form;

from "Of Beren and Luthien" in "The Silmarillion".

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