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- "These bats are bred for one purpose: for war."
- —Legolas about the bats
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
In the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the bats swarmed in Gundabad, and rallied alongside the orc army led by Bolg. In the battle, they aided the orcs in fighting the dwarves, elves, and men. One was later shot down by Legolas, who managed to hitch a ride on it, and the rest were chased off or killed by the Great Eagles.
- These bats in the film possibly referring descendants of vampires.
- According to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Chronicles: The Art of War book, the Gundabad war bats are larger, hairless, and their eyes are fused shut.
- They are somewhat similar in appearances with the giant bat-like rodents, Terapusmordax, from Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).
- They are called Mirkwood Bats by Weta Workshop.