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{{Quote|Thorin and Fili and Kili and the hobbit went along the shore to the great bridge. There were guards at the head of it, but they were not keeping very careful watch, for it was so long since there had been any real need. Except for occasional squabbles about river-tolls they were friends with the Wood-elves.|''[[The Hobbit]],'' "[[A Warm Welcome]]"}}
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'''River Trolls''' are never mentioned in J.R.R Tolkien's writings. The idea that Tolkien wrote about them arose from a misreading of the text in ''The Hobbit.'' As the dwarves enter [[Lake-town]], the narrative mentions "occasional squabbles about river-tolls" between the men of Lake-town and the nearby elves.<ref>''[[The Hobbit]],'' Chapter X: "[[A Warm Welcome]]"</ref> In other words, squabbles over whether the elves or the men could collect (or had to pay) tolls for passing down the river. Some readers mistakenly read the word '''''tolls''''' as '''''trolls''''', thereby imagining entirely new creatures called "River-trolls" that Tolkien never intended.
[[File:936_stream.jpg|thumb|River trolls?]]
 
 
'''River Trolls''' are never mentioned in J.R.R Tolkien's writings. The idea that Tolkien wrote about them arose from a misreading of the text in Chapter Ten of ''The Hobbit.'' As the dwarves enter Lake Town, the narrative mentions "occasional squabbles about river-tolls" between the men of Lake Town and the nearby elves. In other words, squabbles over whether the elves or the men could collect (or had to pay) tolls for passing down the river. Some readers mistakenly read the word '''''tolls''''' as '''''trolls''''', thereby imagining entirely new creatures called "River-trolls" that Tolkien never intended.
 
   
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==Adaptations==
 
[[File:936_stream.jpg|thumb|River trolls?]]
 
River Trolls can be found in some fantasy games, Beasts of War and [http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/River_troll RuneScape], for instance.
 
River Trolls can be found in some fantasy games, Beasts of War and [http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/River_troll RuneScape], for instance.
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==References==
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[[Category:Non-canonical Trolls]]
 
[[Category:Non-canonical Trolls]]

Revision as of 05:43, 26 January 2014

"Thorin and Fili and Kili and the hobbit went along the shore to the great bridge. There were guards at the head of it, but they were not keeping very careful watch, for it was so long since there had been any real need. Except for occasional squabbles about river-tolls they were friends with the Wood-elves."
The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"

River Trolls are never mentioned in J.R.R Tolkien's writings. The idea that Tolkien wrote about them arose from a misreading of the text in The Hobbit. As the dwarves enter Lake-town, the narrative mentions "occasional squabbles about river-tolls" between the men of Lake-town and the nearby elves.[1] In other words, squabbles over whether the elves or the men could collect (or had to pay) tolls for passing down the river. Some readers mistakenly read the word tolls as trolls, thereby imagining entirely new creatures called "River-trolls" that Tolkien never intended.

Adaptations

River trolls?

River Trolls can be found in some fantasy games, Beasts of War and RuneScape, for instance.

References

  1. The Hobbit, Chapter X: "A Warm Welcome"
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