|“||Great engines crawled across the field; and in the midst was a huge ram, great as a forest-tree a hundred feet in length, swinging on mighty chains. Long had it been forging in the dark smithies of Mordor, and its hideous head, founded of black steel, was shaped in the likeness of a ravening wolf; on it spells of ruin lay. Grond they named it, in memory of the Hammer of the Underworld of old. Great beasts drew it, orcs surrounded it, and behind walked mountain-trolls to wield it.||”|
–The Return of the King, The Siege of Gondor
Hill-trolls are monstrous unintelligent creatures bred by Melkor to imitate the ents (just like normal trolls). They are bigger than normal trolls and feared for their brutal force or highly valued by evil commanders. However, they explode in a shower of stone when the sunlight hits them.
Hill-trolls are much stronger and larger than normal trolls (and less intelligent, rendering them impossible to communicate with). They also can throw stone at you from a distance and it turns into cobblestone when it hits the ground. They spawn in the Ettenmoors, Coldfells, and in Angmar. They can be hired from Angmar Orc chieftains.
Hill-trolls attack everyone with negative Angmar alignment, but also players with under 100 alignment, much like members of the Mordor faction. Like mounted units, they have an increased distance at which enemies are spotted.
When attacking, Hill-trolls will start by throwing stone blocks at their foe. If their enemy gets within a few meters from them, they will flip out their spiked clubs and use them to bash their enemy to bits.
Evil players can tickle a Hill-troll or a normal troll by right-clicking it with a feather. This may take multiple attempts, but will eventually cause the troll to sneeze, making slimeballs come out of its nose. Doing this will earn you the achievement "Blimey!".
When exposed to sunlight, Hill-trolls will run around in panic, trying to get to a shadowy place. If they can't escape the sunlight in time, they will shatter in a shower of rock particles, instead of turning into statues, like their weaker realatives do. Standing in water also protects trolls from the sun.
Hill-Trolls drop 0-2 troll bones and 0-2 slimeballs that represent the troll's snot. In addition, trolls can drop loot from any animal such as raw meat, wool, feathers and leather. This represents an animal that the troll ate. Semi-rarely, they have a chance to drop part of a Troll Totem.
Here is a list of the drops 50 Hill Trolls gave when killed with a blessed weapon:
- 5 Totem pieces (Complete set after 36 kills)
- 204 Troll bones
- 23 pieces of white wool
- 49 silver coins
- 79 slime balls
- One small pouch (Regular Trolls seem to drop these more often than their Hill-ish counterparts)
- Assorted raw meats (34 rotten flesh, 7 raw porkchops, 34 raw chicken, 22 raw rabbit meat, and 15 raw mutton)
- 34 Pieces of leather
|Has a large amount of health.||Cannot fit into small, confined spaces.|
|Has a strong attack with a lot of knockback.||Can only be hired in Angmar.|
|Has a chance to be double-headed, which will increase its statistics.||Is dealt more damage by Rangers.|
|Can easily overwhelm most melee units.||Quite expensive to begin with.|
|Rather speedy.||Need to pledge.|
|Often instills fear into opposing players if playing multiplayer.||Shatters to stone in daylight, so that they can only battle at night or shaded areas like forests or Angmar.|
|One of the few evil units featuring both ranged and melee attacks, making it less vulnerable to archers.||Take a very long time to fully heal if severely hurt.|
|Level-up bonuses have only a trivial effect on combat, due to their already high health.|
Before Public Beta 29 they were named Mountain-trolls. However, Mountain Troll remains their /lotr_summon ID.
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