9. Stone Giants
Appeared in: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Not satisfied with creating flesh-and-bone terrors, J.R.R. Tolkien introduced readers to mountainous stone giants in The Hobbit, and as you would expect, these behemoths are making the leap to the big screen in the movie adaptation. In the original novel, the giants are briefly seen tossing gigantic boulders back and forth to each other as Bilbo, Gandalf, and the 13 dwarves are making their way to the Misty Mountains.
The Stone Giants are another example of Tolkien turning nature itself into a character, and in the movie they are utterly terrifying as their rocky silhouettes, standing well over 50-feet tall, break through the fog of the Misty Mountains to hurl enormous rocks at Bilbo’s party. They’re not as important to the story as some of the other monsters on the list, but it’s hard to ignore how visually impressive they are.