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Stone-trolls were huge trolls who turned into stone in direct sunlight.

Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and twelve other Dwarves encountered three talking stone-trolls, named Tom, Bert, and William, in TA 2941.[1]

Tom, Bert, and William

Habits

Stone-trolls tended to be dumb and ill-tempered. Almost all stone-trolls have first names, and a few (like William Hagins) had last names. Stone-trolls ate things such as wild fowl, wild pigs/boars, Dwarves, hobbits, and fish (if they could actually catch them). They hunted simply by chasing or ambushing the animals, then hitting them with a weapon such as an axe or a club.

Shelter

Stone-trolls commonly lived in caves or large burrows that went many yards underground, where they could shelter themselves from sunlight during the day. They slept on beds made of grasses and leaves or animal hides.

Portrayal in adaptations

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo and company meets a group of stone trolls known as Tom, Bert, and William - they fight a violent skirmish against them before being put into sacks. Gandalf defeats these trolls by tricking them into staying in the clearing until the sun comes out, when they turn to stone. In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo throws a large birthday party and invites Gandalf and all of the hobbits in the Shire. Bilbo tells a story at one point to a group of children about the trolls who were about to eat him and the Dwarves until their demise. Later in the Extended Edition of the film, when Frodo has been stabbed with the Morgul-blade and is laid down in the woods before Sam searches for Athelas, the same trolls Bilbo and the Dwarves had encountered in The Hobbit are in the background.

References

  1. The Hobbit, Chapter II: "Roast Mutton"
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