Wood Trolls or Wood-trolls are a species of Troll-kind.
As their name suggests, Wood-trolls have bark-like skin, root-like feet, and leafy growths protruding from their bodies. Much more lithe and agile than other types of Troll, they resemble distorted cousins of the Ents. While they are usually solitary roamers, lately wood-trolls have been seen banding together under leaders, such as an elder Wood-troll or a powerful Huorn.
It is said that Trolls were originally bred by the Dark Lord Morgoth in mockery of Ents. If this is so, the Wood-trolls must be the cruelest joke against the gentle Tree-herders, a blasphemy of the natural order and a dark mirror of what the Ents could become if they fall to darkness.
Locations where Wood Trolls can be found include:
- Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands:
- Far Anórien:
- The Trollshaws:
- West Rohan:
Wood Trolls are always aggressive, and tend to be of Normal or Signature difficulty. They are weak to Fire damage and to a lesser extent Light and Beleriand damage, and are resistant to Common damage.
Wood Trolls often initiate combat by throwing a rock to knock down their target before charging in. Some are capable of binding their target in a crushing root. Elder Wood Trolls are capable of hardening their bark to strengthen their defences, and can sometimes heal themselves when near defeat.
Fangorn-Trolls are the Wood-trolls of the Entwood, in West Rohan. They seem to have awoken as a side effect of the Ents rousing the forest. However, they are still enemies to the rest of the forest. Wood-trolls can also be found in the Balewood, the unruly northern expanse of Fangorn, in Wildermore. These are active before the awakening of the forest, having been driven mad by the passage of Núrzum.
The Ghûrdhos are the Wood-trolls of Taur Drúadan, in Far Anórien. According to Ghân-buri-Ghân, they are usually part of the natural balance of the forest. However, the coming of the Dheghûn has angered and corrupted them.
Holly-trolls are the Wood-trolls of Glâd Ereg, in Eregion. Their presence is corrupting the forest, turning the trees and holly-tenders hostile. They dwell mainly in Sâd Thareg and are led by Zagâfum. These Trolls have dealings with the White Hand, and may have even been created by Saruman.
The Moss-patch are a tribe of Wood Trolls in the service of Gaergoth the Unbound, in the Ettenmoors. They are based out of the Delving of Frór, but their Elders command outposts claimed by Gaergoth's forces.
The Taurogrim are the Wood-trolls of Eryn Lasgalen, formerly Northern Mirkwood, in Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands. Long ago they troubled Thranduil's realm, and became a legend among the Beornings. Now they have returned, while the spiders of the forest disappear. They are known to use poisons which can be cured by Celeblam. These may be the Wood-trolls Legolas mentions as banding together under a king at Dol Guldur.
Wood Trolls were created for The Lord of the Rings Online. J.R.R. Tolkien does not mention this breed of Troll in his stories of Middle-earth, though he does use the term in his translation of the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
A list of all known sightings:
- Volume I, Book IV: Chapter 7: The Aid of Mirkwood
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
- Quieting North-east of Wellinghall
- Twisted Branches
- The Untended Wood
- A Gnarled Problem
- Lost in the Wood
- A Foul Wood
- Leader of the Foul Wood
- Grasp of the White Hand
- Something Wicked
- Saving Sterkist
- Curing the Ills of the Taurogrim