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The Hobbit: The three trolls in The Hobbit


In the second chapter of The Hobbit called Roast Mutton, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the company of dwarves find themselves facing the trolls.

‘Three very large persons sitting round a very large fire of beech-logs. They were toasting mutton on long spits of wood, and licking the gravy off their fingers. There was a fine toothsome smell. And there was a barrel of good drink at hand, and they were drinking out of jugs. But they were trolls. Obviously trolls. Even Bilbo, in spite of his sheltered life, could see that: from the great heavy faces of them, and their size, and the shape of their legs, not to mention their language, which was not drawing-room fashion at all, at all.”

The names of the trolls were Bert, Tom and William. Illustrator Jemima Catlin re-imagined them in the illustration below.

Why don’t you re-read The Hobbit today in this gorgeous clothbound edition illustrated by Jemima Catlin?