The Trollshaws were the upland woods, consisting of partly beech trees, that lay to the west of Rivendell between the rivers Hoarwell (Mitheithel) and Loudwater (Bruinen) in eastern Eriador. 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 (Erebor). These particular trolls - Tom, Bert and William - were turned to stone come dawn and were encountered many years later by Frodo Baggins and company on their way to Rivendell.
Appearances in adaptations Edit
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.
Trollshaws is also depicted in the video games The Hobbit (2003 video game), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game) and The Lord of the Rings Online.
- The Hobbit: ch. 3, Roast Mutton
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1
- The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
- The Atlas of Middle-earth pg. 163