- “The Stalklings are terrifying assassins with a valuable skill—they're the only trolls that can venture into sunlight. Once locked onto their target, these deadly trolls never give up, sometimes stalking their prey for years.”
- ―The Art of Trollhunters
Stalklings (or Vulture Trolls) are a race of dragon-like Trolls.
Besides Changelings, they are the only known species of troll that are immune to the effects of sunlight.
Stalklings are dangerous, unpredictable and uncontrollable. Once they choose a prey, they do not stop hunting until they have killed them. They prefer to attack their prey whenever they are alone.
A Stalkling is sent after Jim Lake Jr. by Bular to kill him. He evades its maneuvers for a while, but is soon caught. He uses his Sword of Daylight to attract a lightning bolt, electrocuting it and turning it to stone.
However, not all Stalklings are uncontrollable and irrational wild beasts, because a Stalkling is seen being a normal citizen of Trollmarket. Another Stalkling has been seen in the Darklands, being one of the minion beasts of Gunmar. During Jim's dream sequence created by Merlin, a Stalkling is seen carrying Steve away during the invasion of Gunmar.
In Wizards, it is learned that in the 12th century, Queen Guinevere accidentally stumbled into a Stalkling nest in the Wild Wood and was killed, which caused King Arthur to developed an intense hatred for all magical creatures and wished to wipe them all out by taking their homes for himself.
Stalklings are giant vulture trolls with blood red eyes that give off a slight glow, bat-like wings, and razor sharp fangs and talons. They also have a mane made of feathers or (or scale-like feathers) at the stump of their neck.
Powers & Abilities
Besides Changelings, Stalklings are the only race of trolls immune to the effects of sunlight and can even fly at great altitude. Their inborn ferocity and razor-sharp claws and teeth are also formidable.
Despite their immunity to sunlight, they can still turn to solid stone when directly struck by a lightning bolt.
|Appearances in the Trilogy|
- According to Jim and Vendel, stalklings look less terrifying in books due to the fact that no one has actually seen a stalkling and survived.