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Tom (The Stone Troll)

From Tolkien Gateway

Tom is a character only mentioned in a verse composed by Sam Gamgee. In the poem, Tom encounters an old troll, gnawing for years on the shinbone of Tim, his nuncle, and Tom demands to let it down.[1][2] Most likely, Tim was only an invention by the poet.[3]



Pauline Baynes who illustrated The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, depicted Tom who kicked the troll with his boots, as Tom Bombadil; although the name was most probably generic and there is no evidence that the author intended Tom to be Bombadil, as having an uncle and father would be absurd.

Robert Foster considers a possibility that Tom was somehow modelled after Bombadil, considering that Sam composed the poem soon after their meeting.[3]


Legendary races of Arda
 Animals:  Dumbledors · Gorcrows · Hummerhorns · Pards · Swans of Gorbelgod · Turtle-fish
Dragon-kind:  Sea-serpents · Spark-dragons · Were-worms
Evil Races:  Ettens · Giants · Half-trolls · Hobgoblins · Ogres · Snow-trolls · Two-headed Trolls
Other:  Badger-folk · Great beasts · Lintips · Mewlips · Nameless things · Otter-folk · Spectres
Individuals:  Badger-brock · Fastitocalon · Fisher Blue · Lady of the Sun · Lonely Troll · Man in the Moon · Old Swan · Talking Gurthang · Talking purse · The Hunter · The Rider · River-woman · Tarlang · Tim · Tom · Whisker-lad · White cow · Willow-wren