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Bert

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"Bert"
Biographical Information
DestroyedT.A. 2941
Physical Description
RaceTroll (probably Stone-troll)
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.[1]

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

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".[2]

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.

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.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  2. 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)