The Trollshaws were the upland woods, consisting of partly beech trees, that lay to the west of Rivendell between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater in eastern Eriador.[1] Trolls roamed these lands, and terrorized any trespassers that dared go near them.




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 or Angmar from the North. Three of these trolls were famously renowned for waylaying Bilbo Baggins and his company of Dwarves, as they set out for Lonely Mountain. These particular trolls - Tom, Bert and William - were turned to stone come dawn[2][3] and were encountered many years later by Frodo Baggins and company on their way to Rivendell.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

Map - Trollshaws

Map of Trollshaws 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.

Video games

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

Translations around the world

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 Jætteheden
Dutch Trol ?
Finnish Peikkokorpi
French Trouée des Trolls
German Trollhöhen
Greek ΓίγαςΣω ?
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
Tajik 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 Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"
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