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'''Bert''' was, with [[Tom]] and [[William Huggins|Bill]], one of the three [[troll]]s that captured [[Bilbo Baggins]] and the [[Dwarves]] during their eastward journey. During the fight with [[Thorin II Oakenshield]], Bert received the end of a flaming stick in his eye.
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'''Bert''' was, with [[Tom]] and [[William|Bill]], one of the three [[trolls]] that captured [[Bilbo Baggins]] and the [[Dwarves]] during their eastward journey. During the fight with [[Thorin|Thorin II Oakenshield]], Bert received the end of a flaming stick in his eye.<ref>{{H|2}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Following [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s use of modern names, logically "Bert" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", [[Westron]] name, which is not recorded.{{fact}}
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''[[1968]]: [[The Hobbit (1968 radio series)|''The Hobbit'' (1968 radio series)]]:'''
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:The Trolls are encountered in the second episode, "[[Out of the Frying-pan into the Fire (episode)|Out of the Frying-pan into the Fire]]". [[Brian Haines]] plays Bert, [[Victor Lucas]] [[William|Bill]], and [[Francis de Wolff]] [[Tom]]. The scene is taken verbatim from the book.
  
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'''[[1979]]: [[The Hobbit (1979 radio series)|''The Hobbit'' (1979 radio series)]]:'''
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:The troll's scene is adapted without alterations. No actors are credited for the individual parts of the three trolls.
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'''[[1982]]: [[The Hobbit (1982 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (1982 video game)]]:'''
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:The three trolls are the first obstacle encountered after leaving Bag End.
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'''1982-97: ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]'':'''
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:Bert is a member of the Hugath tribe of Stone Trolls of the Trollshaw. In Hobbit lore he is known as "Bert Huggins", while his real name is ''Bûrat'', also known as "Bûrat the Tongue".<ref>{{ICE|8004}}</ref>
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'''1995-8: ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'':'''
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:Bert is playable both as an Hazard Creature and as a Minion. The troll is also given the [[Middle-earth Role Playing|MERP]] variant name, ''Bûrat''.
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[[File:Tom Bert Bill.jpg|thumb|250px|Bert, Tom and Bill, turned to stone (''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'')]]
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:[[Aragorn]] and the Hobbits rest at the petrified Trolls after Frodo is stabbed by the [[Witch-king]].
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
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:Bert, Bill and Tom are the first bosses of the game, though they cannot be fought. Bilbo has to sneak around the Trolls, waiting for them to turn or walk away.
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'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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:Bert, Tom and Bill, turned to stone, can be found in the wilderness of the [[Trollshaws]].
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Revision as of 18:17, 11 December 2012

Liz Danforth - Bert.jpg
"Bert"
Biographical Information
DestroyedT.A. 2941
Physical Description
RaceTroll (probably Stone-troll[1])
GenderMale
AppearanceLarge, brutish
AccomplishmentsAlmost killed Thorin and Company

Bert was, with Tom and Bill, one of the three trolls that captured Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves during their eastward journey. During the fight with Thorin II Oakenshield, Bert received the end of a flaming stick in his eye.[2]

Etymology

Following Tolkien's use of modern names, logically "Bert" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", Westron name, which is not recorded.[source?]

Portrayal in adaptations

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

The Trolls are encountered in the second episode, "Out of the Frying-pan into the Fire". Brian Haines plays Bert, Victor Lucas Bill, and Francis de Wolff Tom. The scene is taken verbatim from the book.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

The troll's scene is adapted without alterations. No actors are credited for the individual parts of the three trolls.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

The three trolls are the first obstacle encountered after leaving Bag End.

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Bert is a member of the Hugath tribe of Stone Trolls of the Trollshaw. In Hobbit lore he is known as "Bert Huggins", while his real name is Bûrat, also known as "Bûrat the Tongue".[3]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Bert is playable both as an Hazard Creature and as a Minion. The troll is also given the MERP variant name, Bûrat.
File:Tom Bert Bill.jpg
Bert, Tom and Bill, turned to stone (The Lord of the Rings Online)

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Aragorn and the Hobbits rest at the petrified Trolls after Frodo is stabbed by the Witch-king.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Bert, Bill and Tom are the first bosses of the game, though they cannot be fought. Bilbo has to sneak around the Trolls, waiting for them to turn or walk away.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Bert, Tom and Bill, turned to stone, can be found in the wilderness of the Trollshaws.

References

  1. Robert Foster (1978), The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 366
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  3. R. Mark Colburn, Peter C. Fenlon, John D. Ruemmler, Terry K. Amthor, Jessica M. Ney (1989), Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls (#8004)