What was the origin of Trolls?
From: The Tolkien Less FAQ by William D.B. Loos
No one seems to know. Apparently, though, they were "made" (as opposed to "created" like the orcs by Melkor. Said Tolkien:
(The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 191)
The Troll adventure in the The Hobbit should probably not be taken too literally as a source of Troll-lore - it seems clear that it was much modified by the translator's desire to create familiarity. Thus, it seems unlikely that Trolls in Middle-earth spoke with Cockney accents, just as it seems unlikely that one of them would have been named "William".
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