"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the final installment of Peter Jackson's beautiful-if-bloated take on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, comes out Wednesday. Though most of Tolkien's tales concern furry hobbits, sexy elves and boring humans duking it out with unsexy forces of evil, the author didn't neglect to flesh out his universe with animals, too. In that spirit, here are the top eight critters of Middle-earth, according to the only person at The Dodo who has been LARPing. Also, with apologies to the moth that saves the wizard Gandalf, these are all animals who made an appearance in the books as well as the films.
8. Giant eagles(Credit: Giphy)