Stone-trolls

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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] It is possible that they were not actually living beings, but mere counterfeits made by Melkor, and they would return to their stone images once exposed to the light of the Sun.[2]

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.[3][4]

In T.A. 3018, Sam Gamgee composed the humorous poem "The Stone Troll", about Tom visiting an old troll gnawing on the bones of Tim.[5][6][4]

Inspiration[edit]

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.[7]

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