Bats of Dol Guldur
Others Bats
Body type Chiropteran
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Non-Sapient
Aggressivity High
Place of origin Middle Earth
Habitat Dol Guldur
Diet Carnivore
Locomotion Flying
Related species Vampires
Status Data Deficient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Middle Earth

The Bats of Dol Guldur were large bats that lived in Dol Guldur.

Portrayal in adaptions

The Hobbit film trilogy

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Necromancer sent the bats after Radagast, who was searching for the dark magic. In the end Radagast manages to get away on his sled pulled by Rhosgobel Rabbits.

In 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 might be related to the vampires from Tolkien's writings.
  • They are somewhat similar in appearances to the giant bat-like rodents from Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).
  • They are called Mirkwood Bats by Weta Workshop.