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==Portrayal in Adaptations ==  
 
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:Bats are found in caves throughout Middle-earth, especially in Moria. They are frequently the pets of the [[Vampires#Portrayal in adaptations|Merrevail]].
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Latest revision as of 14:44, 20 October 2014

Pamela Shanteau - Swarm of Bats

Bats were flying creatures of the night that tended to roost in cave or dark forests.

In the First Age Thuringwethil was Sauron's messenger and took the form of a giant bat with great fingered wings. Lúthien would take her form when she and Beren journeyed to Thangorodrim.[1]

Bats were apparently quite common in the northern parts of Middle-earth. When Bilbo Baggins was walking alone in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains he hear the whirr of bats by his ears so often that it ceased to startle him.[2] As Bilbo and the dwarves marched through Mirkwood they gave up lighting fires at night because they attracted thousands of moths, followed by huge black bats.[3] Bilbo encountered yet another bat in Smaug's lair after the dragon had gone away. This creature, brushing Bilbo's face, caused the hobbit to stumble and his torch to go out (which brought the dwarves to his rescue with more torches).[4] Bats were most famous in Middle-earth for taking the part of the Goblins during the Battle of Five Armies, in which they flew together over the battlefield so densely no light could be seen between their wings.[5]

[edit] Names

In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "bat (animal)" is cwildred.[6]

[edit] Other fiction

In the story Roverandom, the shadowbats are mentioned among the creatures living on the moon.[7]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Bats are found in caves throughout Middle-earth, especially in Moria. They are frequently the pets of the Merrevail.

2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor:

Bats can sometimes be seen flying out of caves when Talion enters or exits them.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Flies and Spiders"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Not at Home"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 28
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien; Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond (eds.), Roverandom, "[Chapter] 2"