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Stone-trolls

Stone Trolls by Angelo Montanini

Stone-trolls were a race of trolls in the service of Sauron. Not much is known of these creatures, except that they inhabited the Westlands of Middle-earth and that they spoke a "debased form of the Common Speech".[1]

Bert, Tom, and Bill — the trolls encountered by Bilbo Baggins and his companions on their journey to Erebor — were likely of this kind, as they spoke Westron.[2][3]

In T.A. 3018, Sam Gamgee composed the humorous poem "The Stone Troll", about Tom Bombadil visiting an old troll gnawing on the bones of Tim.[4][5][3]

[edit] Inspiration

The three trolls attempt to trap and carry the Dwarves in bags. This is reminiscent to the scene in Beowulf where Grendel carries his human prey in a glove.[6]

[edit] References

  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, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Foster (1978), The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 366
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Stone Troll"
  6. "Tolkien Society Anglo-Saxon Study Pack 2" dated 19 April 2006, The Tolkien Society (accessed 19 April 2014)