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The Trollshaws were the upland woods, consisting partly of beech trees, lying west of Rivendell between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater in eastern Eriador.[1] Trolls roamed these lands, and terrorized trespassers.


A view of the Trollshaws in autumn, as seen in The Lord of the Rings Online

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[2] and were encountered many years later by Frodo Baggins and company on their way to Rivendell.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

Map of the Trollshaws, with added locations, from The Lord of the Rings Online

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

The Trollshaws appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy as the location of Thorin and Company's encounter with the three trolls.

Video games

The Trollshaws appear in the video games The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings Online.


Foreign Language Translated name
Albanian Këndoj ?
Arabic ترول شاوز
Armenian տրոլ սհաւս
Belarusian Cyrillic тролль шаўс
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тролови чукари
Catalan Gnomshaws
Chinese (Hong Kong) 食人妖穴
Croatian Trolshawa
Czech Obroviště
Danish Troldeskoven / Troldehøjene
Dutch Trol ?
Finnish Peikkokorpi
French Trouée des Trolls
German Trollhöhen
Greek Τρόλλσογς
Gujarati નિરાંતે ગાવું શૉટ્સ ?
Hebrew גַמָדשו
Hindi तरोलशवस
Hungarian Trollháza
Icelandic Tröllshaws ?
Italian Trollshaws
Japanese トロール ショーズ
Kannada ಟ್ರೊಲ್ಶ್ಆಸ್
Korean 트롤 ?
Latvian Trollisshaws
Lithuanian Troliai ?
Macedonian Cyrillic трол шаwс
Nepalese ट्रोलशव्स ?
Persian ترولشا
Russian ТролльШоус
Serbian Троллсхавс (Cyrillic) Trollshavs (Latin)
Sinhalese ට්‍රොල්ල්ශ​෴ස්
Slovak Trolovisko
Spanish Bosque de los Trolls
Swedish Trollmården
Tajik Cyrillic Троллсҳаwс
Tamil ட்ரோல்லஷாவ்ஸ்
Telugu మరుగుజ్జుద షాస్
Thai การดึงสายเบ็ด ?
Turkish Trolçalılık
Yiddish טראָללשאַווס


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Hobbition and Bag End"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter II: "Roast Mutton"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"