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'''Trolls''' were large monsters of limited intellect.   
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'''Trolls''' were large monsters of limited intellect.  They were strong and vicious, but they could not endure sunlight.
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[Morgoth]] created Trolls before the [[First Age]]. Their exact origins are unknown, though it is stated by [[Treebeard|Treebeard]] that Trolls were "made in mockery of" [[Ents]], similar to the way that [[Orcs]] were bred from captured and tormented [[Elves]].
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[[Morgoth]] created Trolls at the end of the [[First Age]] (twilight of the [[Elder Days]]).<ref name=one>{{App|F1iv}}</ref> Their exact origins are unknown, though it is stated by [[Treebeard|Treebeard]] that Trolls were "made in mockery of" [[Ents]], similar to the way that [[Orcs]] were a twisted parody of the [[Elves]].
  
Trolls were strong and vicious, but stupid creatures, and they turned to stone in sunlight. 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, the [[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.  
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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 and breeds of the various kinds of Trolls could be seen in several conflicts.
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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, something that made them particularly dangerous.
  
 
==Kinds of Trolls==
 
==Kinds of Trolls==
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* [[Snow-trolls]]
 
* [[Snow-trolls]]
 
* [[Stone-trolls]]
 
* [[Stone-trolls]]
* [[Troll-men]]
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* [[Troll-men]] and [[Half-trolls]]
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==Names==
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The [[Sindarin]] word for a "troll" is ''[[torog]]''.<ref name=one/> The [[Black Speech]] equivalent is ''[[olog]]''.<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 136</ref>
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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In an early chart of different creatures, trolls are given the [[Qenya]] name ''maulir''. [[Patrick H. Wynne]] and [[Christopher Gilson]] have suggested that ''maulir'' is posibly related to Qenya ''maule'' ("crying, weeping"), thus perhaps "referring to cries made by these monsters or to the weeping of their victims".<ref>{{PE|14}}, pp. 7, 9</ref>
  
 
==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
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In ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo|Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'' are mentioned the "wood-trolls" (translated by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] from the [[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (disambiguation)|manuscript]] word ''wodwos'').<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 555</ref>
 
In ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo|Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'' are mentioned the "wood-trolls" (translated by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] from the [[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (disambiguation)|manuscript]] word ''wodwos'').<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 555</ref>
  
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
[[File:The Lord of the Rings War in the North - Troll.jpg|250px|thumb|A '''Troll''' in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]''.]]'''2011: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]'':'''
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|File:The Hobbit (1966 film) - Groan.png|A "Groan" in [[The Hobbit (1966 film)|''The Hobbit'' (1966 film)]]
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|File:The Hobbit (1977 film) - Trolls.png|[[William]], [[Tom]] and [[Bert]] in [[The Hobbit (1977 film)|''The Hobbit'' (1977 film)]]
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|File:The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - Cave-troll.jpg|A cave-troll in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
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|File:The Lord of the Rings War in the North - Troll.jpg|A troll in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]''
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|File:The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - Bert, Bill and Tom.jpg|[[William]], [[Tom]] and [[Bert]] in ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]''
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|File:The Lord of the Rings- The Treason of Isengard - Concept art Troll.jpg|Concept art of a '''troll''' for ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard]]''
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===Films===
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'''[[1966]]: [[The Hobbit (1966 film)|''The Hobbit'' (1966 film)]]:'''
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:The three Trolls' position in the narrative was taken by two creatures called "Groans".<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Gene Deitch]]|articleurl=http://genedeitchcredits.com/roll-the-credits/40-william-l-snyder/#comment-5311|articlename=Comment 5311|dated=25-July-2012|website=[http://genedeitchcredits.com/ genedeitchcredits]|accessed=17-October-2012}}</ref> They had wooden, bark-like skin, and, instead of stone, turned into dead trees when exposed to sunlight.
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===Games===
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'''[[2011]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]'':'''
 
:Compared to other enemies, Trolls are much stronger. Trolls first appear in [[Fornost]], where one traps [[Eradan (video game character)|Eradan]], [[Andriel]] and [[Farin (video game character)|Farin]].<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], Chapter 1: Fornost, ''Outer Wards''</ref> Another troll appears at the end of the level, where Eradan, Andriel and Farin have to protect [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]]. When this Troll is killed, the player is able to enter the Citadel to confront [[Tharzog]] and [[Agandaûr]].<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], Chapter 1: Fornost, ''The Citadel''</ref>
 
:Compared to other enemies, Trolls are much stronger. Trolls first appear in [[Fornost]], where one traps [[Eradan (video game character)|Eradan]], [[Andriel]] and [[Farin (video game character)|Farin]].<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], Chapter 1: Fornost, ''Outer Wards''</ref> Another troll appears at the end of the level, where Eradan, Andriel and Farin have to protect [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]]. When this Troll is killed, the player is able to enter the Citadel to confront [[Tharzog]] and [[Agandaûr]].<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], Chapter 1: Fornost, ''The Citadel''</ref>
  
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Images of Trolls|Images of Trolls]]
 
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Trolls
Race
DominionsMordor, various others
LanguagesBlack Speech/Various Mannish tongues
Skin colorgrey, various others

Trolls were large monsters of limited intellect. They were strong and vicious, but they could not endure sunlight.

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[edit] History

Morgoth created Trolls at the end of the First Age (twilight of the Elder Days).[1] Their exact origins are unknown, though it is stated by Treebeard that Trolls were "made in mockery of" Ents, similar to the way that Orcs were a twisted parody of the Elves.

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 and breeds of the various kinds of Trolls could be seen in several conflicts.

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, something that made them particularly dangerous.

[edit] Kinds of Trolls

[edit] Names

The Sindarin word for a "troll" is torog.[1] The Black Speech equivalent is olog.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In an early chart of different creatures, trolls are given the Qenya name maulir. Patrick H. Wynne and Christopher Gilson have suggested that maulir is posibly related to Qenya maule ("crying, weeping"), thus perhaps "referring to cries made by these monsters or to the weeping of their victims".[3]

[edit] Inspiration

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

[edit] Other fiction

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are mentioned the "wood-trolls" (translated by J.R.R. Tolkien from the manuscript word wodwos).[4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Trolls in adaptations
A "Groan" in The Hobbit (1966 film)  

[edit] Films

1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

The three Trolls' position in the narrative was taken by two creatures called "Groans".[5] They had wooden, bark-like skin, and, instead of stone, turned into dead trees when exposed to sunlight.

[edit] Games

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

Compared to other enemies, Trolls are much stronger. Trolls first appear in Fornost, where one traps Eradan, Andriel and Farin.[6] Another troll appears at the end of the level, where Eradan, Andriel and Farin have to protect Elladan and Elrohir. When this Troll is killed, the player is able to enter the Citadel to confront Tharzog and Agandaûr.[7]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Other Races"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 136
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), pp. 7, 9
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 555
  5. Gene Deitch, "Comment 5311" dated 25 July 2012, genedeitchcredits (accessed 17 October 2012)
  6. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 1: Fornost, Outer Wards
  7. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 1: Fornost, The Citadel