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Following [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s use of modern names, logically "William Huggins" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", [[Westron]] name, which is not recorded.  
 
Following [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s use of modern names, logically "William Huggins" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", [[Westron]] name, which is not recorded.  
  
There was a real historical figure named William Huggins, a pioneering astronomer of the mid-nineteenth century, though there is no apparent reason  that Tolkien based his foul-mouthed troll on this noted scientist
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There was a real historical figure named William Huggins, a pioneering astronomer of the mid-nineteenth century, though there is no apparent reason  that Tolkien based his foul-mouthed troll on this noted scientist.
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Huggins William Huggins the famous astronomer]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Huggins William Huggins the famous astronomer]

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William Huggins also known as Bill, was with Tom and Bert, one of the three trolls encountered by Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves on their eastward journey to the Lonely Mountain. He seems to have been the leader of the troll-band - at least, it was he who led them to the woodlands of Trollshaws, according to his companions. It was William's pocket that Bilbo Baggins tried to pick as his first act of 'burglary', an attempt that brought the entire expedition close to disaster. Luckily, Gandalf was able to trick William and his two companions into arguing together until sunrise, whereupon they all turned to stone.

Etymology

Following Tolkien's use of modern names, logically "William Huggins" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", Westron name, which is not recorded.

There was a real historical figure named William Huggins, a pioneering astronomer of the mid-nineteenth century, though there is no apparent reason that Tolkien based his foul-mouthed troll on this noted scientist.

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