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'''Trolls''' are very large beings of poor intellect.  They were bred "in mockery" of [[Ents]]. Trolls were found living alone or in clans, and a vast number of them were under [[Sauron]]'s order, forming a part of his army.
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'''Trolls''' were large monsters of limited intellect.   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
[[Morgoth]] created Trolls before the [[First Age]]. Trolls were very strong, but they turned to stone in sun light. Many Trolls died in the [[War of Wrath]], but some survived and joined the forces of [[Sauron]], the greatest surviving servant of Morgoth. In the [[Second Age]] and [[Third Age]], Trolls were among Sauron's most dangerous warriors. In the Third Age, Sauron created the ''[[Olog-hai]]'', which were more powerful than earlier breeds of Trolls. While most Trolls cannot bear exposure to sunlight without turning to stone, the Olog-hai apparently could; this attribute is mentioned in [[the Return of the King]] as making them particularly dangerous. During the [[War of the Ring]], Sauron used Olog-hai in the [[Siege of Gondor]] and [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]. In the subsequent Battle at the Black Gate, the hobbit [[Peregrin Took]] killed a large Olog-hai troll. As a result of Sauron's ring being destroyed, [[Black Gate]] and the rest of [[Mordor]] collapsed to ruin during that battle. Most of the Trolls present at the battle were killed, with a very few escaping.  
 
[[Morgoth]] created Trolls before the [[First Age]]. Trolls were very strong, but they turned to stone in sun light. Many Trolls died in the [[War of Wrath]], but some survived and joined the forces of [[Sauron]], the greatest surviving servant of Morgoth. In the [[Second Age]] and [[Third Age]], Trolls were among Sauron's most dangerous warriors. In the Third Age, Sauron created the ''[[Olog-hai]]'', which were more powerful than earlier breeds of Trolls. While most Trolls cannot bear exposure to sunlight without turning to stone, the Olog-hai apparently could; this attribute is mentioned in [[the Return of the King]] as making them particularly dangerous. During the [[War of the Ring]], Sauron used Olog-hai in the [[Siege of Gondor]] and [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]. In the subsequent Battle at the Black Gate, the hobbit [[Peregrin Took]] killed a large Olog-hai troll. As a result of Sauron's ring being destroyed, [[Black Gate]] and the rest of [[Mordor]] collapsed to ruin during that battle. Most of the Trolls present at the battle were killed, with a very few escaping.  
  
 
==Kinds of Trolls==
 
==Kinds of Trolls==
 
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* Normal trolls: strong and vicious, but stupid creatures created by Morgoth. Nobody knows how he managed to breed them though it is stated by [[Treebeard|Treebeard]] of the [[Ents]] that Trolls were "made in mockery of"  [[Ents]], similar to the way that [[Orcs]] were bred from captured and tormented [[Elves]].  
In ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', several breeds are mentioned:
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* [[Cave-trolls]]: they seem incapable of speech and it is not clear whether they could move in sunlight.
 
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* [[Olog-hai]]: unlike the original Trolls, seem incapable of speech (though it's said they know [[Black Speech]] and are able to move while exposed to direct sunlight. Apparently [[Sauron]] created them.
* Normal Trolls were strong and vicious, but stupid creatures created by Morgoth. Nobody knows how he managed to breed them though it is stated by [[Treebeard|Treebeard]] of the [[Ents]] that Trolls were "made in mockery of"  [[Ents]], similar to the way that [[Orcs]] were bred from captured and tormented [[Elves]]. Tolkien did not discuss in detail the ways in which "good" beings could be corrupted to evil.
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* [[Stone-trolls]]a race of trolls in the service of Sauron.  
* [[Cave-trolls]] seem incapable of speech and it is not clear whether they can move in sunlight.
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* [[Snow Trolls]]
* The [[Olog-hai]], unlike the original Trolls, seem incapable of speech (though it's said they know [[Black Speech]] and are able to move while exposed to direct sunlight. Apparently [[Sauron]] created them.
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* [[Hill-trolls]]
*The [[Stone-trolls]] were a race of trolls in the service of Sauron.  
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* [[Mountain-trolls]]
* [[Snow Trolls]], [[Hill-trolls]] and [[Mountain-trolls]] are mentioned, but it is not known how they are related to others, and their abilities. Perhaps the classification refers only to their living habits, not properties.
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* [[Troll-Men]]
  
 
==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
 
[[Wikipedia:Trolls|Trolls]] are a part of the [[Wikipedia:Norse mythology|Norse mythology]] (as a negative synonym for ''jötunn'', "[[giants]]") and [[Wikipedia:Scandinavian folklore|Scandinavian folklore]] (as ugly, large creatures of remote wildlife areas).
 
[[Wikipedia:Trolls|Trolls]] are a part of the [[Wikipedia:Norse mythology|Norse mythology]] (as a negative synonym for ''jötunn'', "[[giants]]") and [[Wikipedia:Scandinavian folklore|Scandinavian folklore]] (as ugly, large creatures of remote wildlife areas).
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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[[Category:Races]]
 
[[Category:Races]]

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Trolls
Race
DominionsMordor, various others
LanguagesBlack Speech/none
Skin colorgrey, various others

Trolls were large monsters of limited intellect.

Contents

History

Morgoth created Trolls before the First Age. Trolls were very strong, but they turned to stone in sun light. Many Trolls died in the War of Wrath, but some survived and joined the forces of Sauron, the greatest surviving servant of Morgoth. In the Second Age and Third Age, Trolls were among Sauron's most dangerous warriors. In the Third Age, Sauron created the Olog-hai, which were more powerful than earlier breeds of Trolls. While most Trolls cannot bear exposure to sunlight without turning to stone, the Olog-hai apparently could; this attribute is mentioned in the Return of the King as making them particularly dangerous. During the War of the Ring, Sauron used Olog-hai in the Siege of Gondor and Battle of the Pelennor Fields. In the subsequent Battle at the Black Gate, the hobbit Peregrin Took killed a large Olog-hai troll. As a result of Sauron's ring being destroyed, Black Gate and the rest of Mordor collapsed to ruin during that battle. Most of the Trolls present at the battle were killed, with a very few escaping.

Kinds of Trolls

  • Normal trolls: strong and vicious, but stupid creatures created by Morgoth. Nobody knows how he managed to breed them though it is stated by Treebeard of the Ents that Trolls were "made in mockery of" Ents, similar to the way that Orcs were bred from captured and tormented Elves.
  • Cave-trolls: they seem incapable of speech and it is not clear whether they could move in sunlight.
  • Olog-hai: unlike the original Trolls, seem incapable of speech (though it's said they know Black Speech and are able to move while exposed to direct sunlight. Apparently Sauron created them.
  • Stone-trolls: a race of trolls in the service of Sauron.
  • Snow Trolls
  • Hill-trolls
  • Mountain-trolls
  • Troll-Men

Inspiration

Trolls are a part of the Norse mythology (as a negative synonym for jötunn, "giants") and Scandinavian folklore (as ugly, large creatures of remote wildlife areas).

Portrayal in Adaptations

References