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Tom

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The name Tom refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Tom (disambiguation).
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"Tom"
Biographical Information
DestroyedT.A. 2941
Physical Description
RaceTroll (probably Stone-troll)
GenderMale
AppearanceLarge, brutish
AccomplishmentsAlmost killed Thorin and Company

Tom was one of the three Trolls (with Bert and William) that captured Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves. Tricked by Gandalf, he was turned to stone by the light of the Sun.[1]

Etymology

Following Tolkien's use of modern names, logically "Tom" 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:

Tom is a member of the Hugath tribe of Stone Trolls of the Trollshaw. In Hobbit lore he is known as "Tom Huggins", while his real name is Tûma.[2]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Tom is playable both as an Hazard Creature and as a Minion. The troll is also given the MERP variant name, Tûma.

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)