Physiology and characteristics
They were strong and vicious, but generally dim-witted. Some are described as being able to speak, while others appear to be as irrational as animals. The major weakness of at least some trolls was that they turned to stone in sunlight. Their hide was as thick as stone and nigh-impervious to physical attacks. It is stated that they were created by Melkor, although it’s not clear exactly how. The Ent Treebeard says that trolls were «made in mockery» of ents, as Orcs were of elves, though not necessarily from Entish stock. However, they could be based on another race of Middle-earth, as neither Morgoth nor Sauron has access to the Secret Fire, and therefore cannot create things, only alter that which already exists. There is reference that sunlight will return them to the stone they were made from in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They seem to be fond of meat, and will eat almost any animal or being they come across. They also have very disgusting manners.
A Cave Troll
During the wars of Beleriand, Gothmog, the Lord of Balrogs, had a bodyguard of trolls. While leading his men in a final stand to protect the retreat of Turgon and the continued secrecy of the Kingdom of Gondolin, the great warrior Húrin faced them and, due to Morgoth’s emphatic orders to have Húrin captured alive, he managed to kill many of them. Their apparently caustic blood, however, melted his axe, allowing Orcs to swarm over him and bind him, his capture ending the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, where Morgoth triumphed over the united armies of Elves, Men, and Dwarves.
During the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, there is a reference to «men-like half-trolls», also called troll-men, but it is unclear whether these men actually had some trollish ancestry or were simply compared to trolls (for some readers, the first interpretation is supported by the similar and interchangeable terms «orc-men» and «half-orcs», referring to crossbreeds of Saruman).
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«Stone-trolls» were trolls who turned into stone during daylight, like the trolls in The Hobbit. They could speak, and used a debased form of Westron (presumably rendered into Cockney English in Tolkien’s «translation» of Bilbo’s diary).
Two-headed trolls are said in The Hobbit to be more ferocious than those with one head. It is unknown if they actually have two heads or if it is a term for those working for Sauron, for he controlled them, meaning they have two «heads».
Hill-trolls are described in the chronology at one instance as having killed Arador, grandfather of Aragorn, at the Coldfells. Tolkien described the trolls of that region, including the three from The Hobbit, as stone trolls, suggesting that hill trolls might be a subclass or alternate term for such. However, the Army of the West fought «hill trolls» of Gorgoroth that could move in sunlight at the Black Gate, inferring that these hill trolls, at least, were Olog-hai rather than stone trolls. Hill trolls hardly differ from stone trolls and were probably of the same beast-race.
A cave troll fighting Gondorian soldiers in the BFME series.
- Cave-trolls were seen in Moria, and were also in the Ettenmoors. One was described as having dark greenish scales and black blood. Their hide was thick enough that when Boromir struck one on the arm his sword was notched and did no damage. However, Frodo Baggins was able to impale the «toeless» foot of the same troll with the enchanted sword Sting.
- Mountain-trolls were mentioned once, wielding the great battering ram Grond in shattering the gates of Minas Tirith. From their name, they are generally assumed to live in the mountains, and their choice as the creatures to wield Grond is sometimes taken to suggest that they were particularly strong even for trolls.
Snow-trolls are mentioned only in comparison to Helm Hammerhand. When Helm went out clad in white during the Long Winter to stalk and slay his enemies, he was described as being like a snow troll. It thus seems implied that these trolls were white in colour and lived in cold climates, but otherwise nothing is known of them.
- Olog-hai were «strong, agile, fierce, and cunning» trolls created by Sauron, not unlike the Uruk-hai, and were able to withstand sunlight while under the sway of Sauron’s will.
- Half-trolls were troll-like humanoids from Harad who served Sauron in The Battle of the Pelennor Fields. While it is unlikely that they had any actual troll blood in them, it is still possible (but more likely they were a superior breed of orcs and/or men).
The Olog-hai were actually a breed of mountain trolls. They seldom spoke and were said to know no language other than the Black Speech, in which Olog-hai means «troll-folk» (singular olog, «troll»). Because of their cunning, they were (incorrectly) believed by some to be giant orcs rather than trolls. They appeared towards the end of the Third Age and could be found near Dol Guldur and in the mountains around Mordor. In the Battle of the Black Gate, there appear «Hill trolls» of Gorgoroth, which are implied to be Olog-hai in one of the appendices to The Lord of the Rings (the term is not used within the story proper). These were described as being taller and wider than men and their hide or armour was described as a mesh of horny scales. They had black blood. Peregrin Took slew one of these trolls at the Battle of the Black Gate and, after the destruction of the One Ring and the fall of Sauron, the surviving trolls scattered as if mindless.
Melkor created trolls before the First Age. They were very strong, but turned into stone in sunlight. Many trolls died in the War of Wrath, but some survived and joined the forces of Sauron, the greatest surviving servant of Morgoth. In the Second and Third Age, trolls were among Sauron’s most dangerous warriors. He created the Olog-hai, which were smarter than earlier breeds of trolls. While most trolls cannot bear exposure to sunlight without turning to stone, the Olog-hai apparently could (to the same extent as orcs); this attribute was mentioned in The Return of the King as making them particularly dangerous.
A mountain troll at the Black Gate, used for opening the gate
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Rendition of an armored Mountain Troll for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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From Old French , of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *truzlōną (“to lumber”), which is probably related to *trudaną (“to tread, step on”).
- () To wander unsystematically about, looking for game.
- (Internet) To troll
Conjugation of troller (see also Appendix:French verbs)
|compound||avoir + past participle|
|present participle or gerund1||simple||/tʁɔ.lɑ̃/|
|compound||ayant + past participle|
|indicative||je (j’)||tu||il, elle||nous||vous||ils, elles|
|(compoundtenses)||present perfect||present indicative of avoir + past participle|
|pluperfect||imperfect indicative of avoir + past participle|
|past anterior2||past historic of avoir + past participle|
|future perfect||future of avoir + past participle|
|conditional perfect||conditional of avoir + past participle|
|subjunctive||que je (j’)||que tu||qu’il, qu’elle||que nous||que vous||qu’ils, qu’elles|
|(compoundtenses)||past||present subjunctive of avoir + past participle|
|pluperfect2||imperfect subjunctive of avoir + past participle|
|compound||—||simple imperative of avoir + past participle||—||simple imperative of avoir + past participle||simple imperative of avoir + past participle||—|
|1 The French gerund is only usable with preposition en.|
|2 In less formal writing or speech, the past historic, past anterior, imperfect subjunctive and pluperfect subjunctive tenses may be found to have been replaced with the indicative present perfect, indicative pluperfect, present subjunctive and past subjunctive tenses respectively (Christopher Kendris , Master the Basics: French, pp. , , , ).|
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When Branch and Princess Poppy are waiting inside Branch’s bunker we do not see the lever. But in next shot Branch pulls the lever down and they go under the bunker. See more »
Once upon a time in a happy forest in the happiest tree lived the happiest creatures the world has ever known. The Trolls.
They loved nothing more than to sing, and dance, and hug. Dance, and hug, and sing, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance,
and hug, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance, and hug.
But then one day, the Trolls were discovered by a Bergen!
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SPOILER: There is a scene in the closing credits: the serving cart with Chef and Creek on it stops in the middle of nowhere. Chef tries to eat Creek, but they get eaten by a monster together. See more »
The movie was aired on NBC on March 28th, 2020, to promote Trolls: World Tour and runs 2 minutes shorter without end credits. Here’s a list of edits that were cut out or altered due to time or content restrictions: The film was sped up for time throughout the movie, except for the first and last segment. The end credits were also sped up.
- King Peppy’s behind is censored with digitally added brown dust.
- The kids ask Poppy if there are other things to make the Bergens happy.
- A few shots of the Trolls breathing after the first musical number
- A shortened shot of Branch slow-clapping
- A shortened shot of Poppy and King Peppy hiding in a bush
- A shortened shot of Poppy slowly walking after the Trolls got kidnapped by Chef
- Poppy yells Branch’s name while knocking a few more times
- A shortened shot of Poppy going up on the platform
- The timing of Poppy’s line «Totally sure she’d make it to Bergen Town» is shortened
- A shortened shot of spiders gripping down to the ground
- A shortened shot of Poppy looking at the sky before she sings
- A shortened shot of the door and the plants before Chef appears
- Branch has an additional line saying, «If we go after Creek now, we’re going to get eaten.»
-Two shots were removed, with Poppy and Branch looking at Bridget slow walking with the cart, followed by another shot with a close-up of Bridget with the cart.
- A shortened shot of Bridget walking down the stairs
- A shortened shot of Bridget sleeping after her musical number
- The part where Biggie tells Bridget to have a good cry, then Bridget cries louder, and Biggie tells her to let it in was removed.
- Cooper says, «My uncle broke his neck tap dancing once.» after Branch revealed that his singing killed his grandmother.
- A shortened shot of Poppy looking worried about Bridget
- A shortened shot of the Trolls looking surprised after Creek was not in the necklace.
- A couple of shots of the Trolls with sad looks, and a couple of them already start to fade their colors from their bodies were removed.
- A few more shots when Branch watches the Trolls fade to gray were removed
- Two shots were removed with Poppy with a sad look then with Branch looking disappointed.
- A few shots with the Troll’s bracelets glowing during the «True Colors» number were removed.
- The mid-credit scene was removed
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When bears are found dead in Norway, students from Volda University (Thomas, Johanna and cameraman Kalle) decide to investigate. They stalk the trail of the mysterious hunter Hans, expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters but then agrees to let them film him in action, provided they follow his orders. Soon the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter working for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.
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Trollhunter contains many references to Norwegian culture and Norwegian folktales e.g. the belief that there are different species of trolls, trolls having a tail, multiple heads, the ability to smell a Christian’s blood, trolls eating rocks, but loving meat and sometimes being man-eaters. The trolls are also described as big, old, strong, but slow and dim-witted, turning to stone when exposed to sunlight. The film also has several specific references to some traditional fairy tales e.g. Boots Who Ate a Match With the Troll, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Soria Moria Castle. See more »
There are two ferry routes from Volda: one north-west to Lauvstad, one south-west to Folkestad. The protagonists drive their vehicles onto the Lauvstad ferry, but shortly afterward cross into the next county on the E39, which is the road leading south from Folkestad. See more »
In one sense, you are a true Norwegian hero.
No, you’re wrong about that. There’s nothing heroic about what I do. It’s dirty work.
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At the end of the final credits, there is a notice in English, claiming that «No trolls were harmed during the making of this movie». See more »