The Trollshaws were the upland woods, consisting partly of beech trees, that lay to the west of Rivendell between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater in eastern Eriador. Trolls roamed these lands, and terrorized trespassers.
During the great days of Arnor, the eastern sub-kingdom of Rhudaur built fortified dwellings and castles here, but largely because of the wars with Angmar, the area became deserted of men and dangerous to travel through. By the late Third Age, they were infamous for being the haunting place of trolls, mainly Hill-trolls that had travelled down from the Ettenmoors. Three of these trolls were famously renowned for waylaying Bilbo Baggins and his company of Dwarves, as they set out for the Lonely Mountain. These particular trolls, Tom, Bert and William, were turned to stone at the coming of dawn and were encountered many years later by Frodo Baggins and company on their way to Rivendell.
Portrayal in adaptations
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy
On the way to Rivendell in The Fellowship of the Ring film, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Sam and Aragorn set up a camp by "Mr Bilbo's trolls" (as Sam says) after Frodo has been stabbed by the Witch-king. It is here that Arwen finds them, and takes Frodo the rest of the way to Rivendell.
The Hobbit trilogy
Translations around the world
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||тролль шаўс|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Тролови чукари|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||食人妖穴|
|French||Trouée des Trolls|
|Gujarati||નિરાંતે ગાવું શૉટ્સ ?|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||трол шаwс|
|Serbian||Троллсхавс (Cyrillic) Trollshavs (Latin)|
|Spanish||Bosque de los Trolls|