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Talk:Two-headed Trolls

Maybe I'm pushing interpretation of canonical works to the limit in this article! But it shouldn't be worse than the "Half-trolls", or similar legendary creatures. ;-) --Morgan 18:22, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Ettin

It would be great if we could verify the statement on wikipedia that Ettin historically/traditionally are described as two-headed monsters (see List of Narnian Creatures at Wikipedia (accessed 15 November 2010)). I will keep it in the background of my head (the reading head, not the other one...) when reading traditional fairy-tales , to see what comes up.--Morgan 18:51, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Being an old D&D player, I always think of Ettins as being two-headed trolls myself. I looked around on the 'net for something that showed that Ettin is a two-headed giant in mythology, but I couldn't find anything. --Pinkkeith 18:59, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
It honestly seems that the "two-headedness" came purely from D&D and propagated other media from there. Gygax is notorious for borrowing names from Tolkien and Gandalf's notion about two heads is probably what lead to the idea... --Olthar 01:59, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
Just to add, I'm not a big fan of referencing the other wiki, either. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 19:31, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

[edit] Questions

1) Article: Gandalf once said that "I am afraid trolls do behave like that, even those with only one head each." – I think we should take Gandalf outta here. These would be narrator's words, not Gandalf's.
2) As a matter of fact, we do not know if these polycephalic trolls had two heads: we are only informed that not all trolls had just one head. --Tik 15:46, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

You are right, but that would seem way too exotic. Besides, in the non-canon adaptations the polycephalic trolls who appear don't have more than 2 heads. Sage 09:47, 28 February 2020 (UTC)