Typhon was an old and powerful dragon, one of the mightiest and most feared of his kind, that lived from the end of the Second Age into the beginning of the Third Age. Typhon was said to be an enormous creature, boasting a hide so tough that naught but a weapon forged by the Gods could penetrate it, with glossy scales of a red so deep that it almost appeared black. The Elder Wyrm possessed an evil disposition and was known to be as proud and vain as he was greedy. He sired many progeny, all of whom inherited their father’s disdain for the races they deemed inferior, such as men and elves.
Though Typhon cared not one bit for his offspring, and in fact had slain many of them himself when the brash young dragons sought to challenge him for power, his pride could not stand to see any of them bested by the lesser races that he so despised. This arrogance ultimately led to his doom, for one day a reckless young dragon grew too bold in his raids on human lands and invoked the wrath of the Valinor. The leader of the Valinor, Valar himself, hunted down this dragon and slew it, neither knowing nor caring that it was the offspring of Typhon. When Typhon ultimately learned of this act, he set out to teach the humans a lesson and began burning their lands and slaying their people. When Valar and his men set out to stop him, Typhon hunted them down, slaying all but the famed Valar. Valar led Typhon into a trap in the mountains, and by some combination of skill and luck he managed to slay the mighty dragon. His death served as a lesson to all dragons wise enough to recognize it, and from that point on, most dragons treated humans with a wary respect.