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Troll (Oblivion)

Trolls are large, ape-like, dim-witted humanoids endowed with three eyes,[1][2] and sometimes horns.[3][4][5] Their powerful arms and claws can deal massive amounts of physical damage. Trolls possess the unique trait of being able to rapidly regenerate their tissue,[6] an ability that is only annulled if exposed to fire.[2] While some claim that it's a myth,[6][7] there have been rare cases where a troll's regeneration can prevent their death completely, making the scorching of its corpse the only way to truly kill it.[8] The origin of trolls is completely unknown,[9] and their reproductive biology is not well understood.[10] Their regeneration is somewhat mysterious, and some theorize it could even work on their meat after death.[11] One Orc who lived among trolls believed that praying to Trinimac would unlock the secrets of their regeneration.[12]

Trolls are found all over Tamriel, mostly in caves and forested areas. They have been known to carry parasites or diseases such as Gutworm and Winter Worn.[13][14] Trolls are known to occasionally grow to tremendous sizes, and some can even live for centuries, possibly due to their regeneration ability.[5][15][16][17] Trolls are said to have been much larger and more powerful during the chaos of the Dawn Era.[18][15]

Behavior and Intelligence[edit]

A frost troll's lair

Trolls are known to live in patriarchal packs,[19][20] led by powerful male alphas sometimes called Troll Kings.[21][22][23][24] Female trolls are refered to as she-trolls,[25] a name which is occasionally used as an insult.[26][27] Troll infestations can often be traced back to a Troll Mother, a particularly powerful she-troll who may have moved into the area. Eliminating the mother is an effective means of ending the threat, although the individual trolls will still need to be hunted down.[28][17] Trolls are known to occasionally steal gold or treasure.[22][29] Trolls dislike water, and do not swim.[30]

Trolls are meat-eaters, and seem to have a particular preference for eating people.[31][32][33][34][35] There are a few accounts of trolls who drink alcohol.[36][37][31][38]

Circa 2E 565, unseasonably warm weather in Skyrim drove hordes of trolls across the western half of the province while locked in "unspeakably horrid acts". High King Svargrim personally stopped the rampage, splitting many of the mating trolls. As a result of this, trolls tend to avoid the areas closest to the walls of Solitude. This event was later known as "The Great Troll Rut".[39]

The exact intelligence of trolls is unclear, or at least varies wildly. The Augur of the Obscure claims that they are more intelligent than they might appear to be, and that while they are still primitive, they may be on the verge of further advancement.[40] Some sources refer to them as a race,[10][9] while others see them only as somewhat intelligent animals.[41][42][43] Unlike most intelligent species they do not appear to make their own tools, weapons, or clothing, and do not appear capable of speech.[22]

Trolls are generally thought to possess only rudimentary intelligence, but they have some cunning, as they are smart enough to be able to avoid traps, or even use them to their advantage.[43][32] They are also capable of using clubs or other objects as simple bludgeoning weapons.[44][45][46] Trolls sometimes organize themselves into what might be primitive tribal structures, such as the Azhklan or the caliper-obsessed Kalperklan.[47] Some trolls even seem to be capable of basic literacy.[37][48]

The tamed trolls used as guards in the Crystal Tower were especially intelligent. They were entrusted with complex tasks such as guarding and feeding the creatures in the tower's animal pens, and seemed to be capable of writing in a script known as "trollish".[48][49]


The brownish Cave Trolls are the most common variety of troll in Skyrim,[2][50] but the green Forest Trolls are more common in the wilds of Cyrodiil.[9][5][47] The white Frost Trolls found at higher elevations are much stronger than their lowland cousins.[51] Other varieties include Swamp Trolls,[47][52] River Trolls,[53] and Lowland Trolls.[54] Weak trolls are sometimes known as Trollkin.[55][9]

Circa 2E 582, the Iron Orcs of Craglorn fell under the influence of the Celestial Serpent. By infusing the skin and armor of trolls with nirncrux, the Iron Orcs hoped to unlock their Dawn Era potential and raise an army of giant primordial trolls.[56][57] This operation was sabotaged before very many trolls could undergo the procedure, although the smuggling of these nirncrux-infused trolls out of Craglorn seemingly continued.[58]

Painted Trolls are a strange form of troll created by the Brush of Truepaint,[47] whose fat has become a rare and sought-after ingredient due to its alchemical properties.[59]

The Udefrykte is a name given to legendary trolls who are the spawn of the mythical Uderfrykte Matron.[17] The Matron was killed in 3E 433, ending her line.[60]

The rarely-seen Grahl native to the ice caves of Solstheim are sometimes called "ice trolls",[61][62][63][64][UOL 1] although the native Skaal are unsure of their true nature.[65] They have regeneration and vulnerability to fire in common with their mainland namesake,[66] and some grahl possess a third eye.[61]

Uses and Culture[edit]

Nordic Trollbone armor (Morrowind)
An Armored Troll (Skyrim)

Troll fat has many known applications,[67][68] and it is a notably consistent element in rituals intended to summon Malacath.[67][69][70] Troll fat is most commonly used in alchemy,[71][9] with troll blood also being used occasionally.[72] Troll skulls are popular hunting prizes that are commonly used in decoration.[73][74][75] Nords make use of trollbone and trollskin as materials for crafting armor.[76][77][78] Some Nords may even use troll spit to enhance their grip in battle, or to bind books.[79] Mannimarco's famed Bloodworm Helm is a magically constructed trollbone helmet.[80] Troll teeth are sometimes used for arms or jewelery.[81][82] Troll hair is flammable and useful for starting fires,[83] some use it to make napkins.[84] The Coldsnap Tribe of Rieklings wear troll fur for warmth.[85]

Troll meat is typically not used for cooking but some still experiment with the ingredient.[11] Troll fat is dried out to make jerky in Orsinium, but most find the the flavor and smell of the fat too unpleasant to use in meals.[67][71] Some hags eat troll brains.[86]

Trolls are known to produce thick,[87] foul-smelling dung,[88][UOL 2] often referred to in expletives and insults.[89][90] This dung is sometimes used as mushroom fertilizer.[91]

Trolls are often trained and armored for use as war beasts, with some trolls using cestuses as weapons.[92][89] They are also often captured and used in gladiatorial arenas.[93][94][95] Powerful mages are known to use trolls as guardians.[1] Primitive peoples such as Goblins, Rieklings, and the Ice Tribes have often utilized tamed trolls.[8][96][97][98] Circa 4E 201, the Dawnguard tamed trolls native to Skyrim and used them in their crusade against vampires.[92] Trained trolls that are mistreated or left alone for too long will usually return to the wild, forgetting that their owner ever existed.[99]

Some people style themselves as troll hunters or trollslayers,[2][28][100][101] they are known to create enchanted weapons or armor especially effective for fighting trolls,[102][103] or use troll musk to mask their scent while hunting.[104] The Lord's Mail, the famous cuirass of Morihaus, is sometimes referred to as the "bane of trolls everywhere".[105]

Trolls have been present in Tamrielic folklore "from time immemorial". They are known to nearly every culture and have appeared in tales of all sorts, from children's fables to the histories of the ancients.[9][106][49][107] The Reachfolk believe that Malacath created trolls, along with Orcs and Ogres, to provide hardships and to test his chosen followers.[108] The teachings of the One taught that trolls, along with Orcs and Goblins, were among "the miscreated", malicious and brutish creatures who must be united against by the other peoples of Tamriel.[109] Plush toys of trolls are given to children,[110][111] sometimes children are given troll claws carved with prayers and told they were the claws of dragons.[112]

One of Kyne's most powerful Guardian Spirit champions, which typically took the form of specific animals, was known to take the form of a troll.[113][114] Some people etch Kyne's War Prayer into troll teeth.[115]

A painting known as the "Frolicking Trolls of Eastmarch" is said to depict how Bretons imagine the frost trolls of Skyrim, the painting depicts frost trolls smiling and dancing in the snow.[116] Small statues carved from ironwood by the Matrons of Shor's Stone, known as garden trolls, are sometimes used to protect gardens from unwanted pests.[117] Bookends modeled after trolls have been made, but they frightened customers so much that few sets still exist.[118]

Notable Trolls[edit]

  • The Ancient One: An ancient troll, said to have roamed Nirn since the dawn of the time. Circa 4E 180, a group of Aureal who served Sheogorath were rumored to have made some sort of alliance with the beast. The Warrior ended up following these rumors through a portal and managed to slay the monstrous creature.[15]
  • The Beast of Gorrham: A larger than average troll with a unique appearance. Unlike ordinary trolls, it did not fear fire. It was slain by the Warrior circa 4E 180.[119]
  • Death-In-Winter: An alpha troll whose pack once terrorized the town of Darkwater Crossing, until it was slain circa 2E 582.[24][120]
  • Icestalker: A large, powerful frost troll who had been outfitted with Dwarven armor by the Coldsnap Tribe of Rieklings. It dwelt in the Vault of Mhuvnak, a Dwarven ruin in Eastmarch, and was slain circa 2E 582.[96]



  • Some Nords have "Half-Troll" as their last name, but it is unlikely this is literal.[121][122]
  • Those born under the sign of the Lord are sometimes referred to as Trollkin due to their innate weakness to fire.[123]

See Also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Arena Player's Guide description
  2. ^ a b c d Troll SlayingFinn
  3. ^ Crafting Motif 87: Ancestral Nord StyleBjarnus Whitewhiskers
  4. ^ Trolls in ESO
  5. ^ a b c Trolls in Blades
  6. ^ a b Brenus Astis' JournalBrenus Astis
  7. ^ Rumors in Oblivion
  8. ^ a b Trolls in Redguard
  9. ^ a b c d e f Field Guide to River TrollsPhrastus of Elinhir
  10. ^ a b Notes on Racial Phylogenythe Council of Healers, Imperial University
  11. ^ a b A New Recipe?
  12. ^ Dialogue during The Heretic in Blades
  13. ^ Gutworm from Survival Mode in Skyrim
  14. ^ Winter Worn in Dawnstar
  15. ^ a b c The Ancient One quest in Blades
  16. ^ Svenja Snow-Song's dialogue in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  17. ^ a b c Agnar's JournalAgnar the Unwavering
  18. ^ The Serpent's dialogue in ESO
  19. ^ Troll Socialization Research Notes — Grularz
  20. ^ Irgnar's JournalIrgnar
  21. ^ The Troll King and Crawg the Troll King in ESO
  22. ^ a b c A Tough Audience — Sempronia
  23. ^ a b The Troll King quest in Oblivion Mobile
  24. ^ a b Runs-With-Quickness' dialogue in ESO
  25. ^ Mounted Troll Head item description in ESO
  26. ^ Abnur Tharn's dialogue in ESO
  27. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 5Abnur Tharn
  28. ^ a b The Troll Hunter quest in Blades
  29. ^ Dialogue during The Troll King in Oblivion Mobile
  30. ^ Weebam-Na's dialogue in Oblivion
  31. ^ a b The Care and Feeding of TrollsGulzog the Butcher
  32. ^ a b Gluineth's dialogue in ESO
  33. ^ A Gold Coast Children's Bestiary
  34. ^ Ripgut in ESO
  35. ^ Deepswimmer's dialogue in ESO
  36. ^ Drunk Trolls in Dawnstar
  37. ^ a b A Poorly Scrawled Note
  38. ^ Old Nord Drinking Song
  39. ^ Meet the Character - High King SvargrimPjetr the Skald, of the Bards College
  40. ^ The Augur of the Obscure's dialogue in ESO
  41. ^ Isran's dialogue in Skyrim
  42. ^ Animal Extermination quest in Skyrim
  43. ^ a b The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Skyrim
  44. ^ Trolls in Arena
  45. ^ The Udyrfrykte in Bloodmoon
  46. ^ Troll War Axes and Troll Warhammers in Dawnstar
  47. ^ a b c d Trolls in Oblivion
  48. ^ a b Events of Crystal Tower quest in Arena
  49. ^ a b King Edward, Part V
  50. ^ Trolls in Skyrim
  51. ^ Frost Trolls in Skyrim
  52. ^ Swamp Trolls in ESO
  53. ^ River Trolls in ESO
  54. ^ Legends card
  55. ^ Trollkin in Dawnstar
  56. ^ Little Leaf's dialogue in ESO
  57. ^ Letter to Exarch Braadoth — Elska, Regent of Fanged Fury
  58. ^ Events of Dark Brotherhood
  59. ^ Elgrim's dialogue in Skyrim
  60. ^ The Uderfrykte Matron in Oblivion
  61. ^ a b Grahl-Eye Gem Purse item description in ESO
  62. ^ The Castle Karstaag journal entry descriptions in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  63. ^ Krish's dialogue in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  64. ^ Legends card category
  65. ^ Generic Dialogue in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  66. ^ Grahls in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  67. ^ a b c 101 Uses for Troll Fat
  68. ^ Cracking the Elden Tree Vault
  69. ^ Shobob gro-Rugdush's dialogue in Oblivion
  70. ^ Atub's dialogue during The Cursed Tribe in Skyrim
  71. ^ a b Practical Alchemy in Skyrim
  72. ^ Troll's Bood in Daggerfall
  73. ^ Troll Skulls in Skyrim
  74. ^ Troll Skull Slumgullion Serving Bowl item description in ESO
  75. ^ Tri-Socket Inkwell item description in ESO
  76. ^ Nordic Trollbone Armor in Morrowind
  77. ^ Trollbone Shields in Dawnstar
  78. ^ Trollskin Leather armor in Dawnstar
  79. ^ Ancestral Nord Gloves description in ESO
  80. ^ Helm of Oreyn Bearclaw
  81. ^ Trolltooth Axe in Dawnstar
  82. ^ Troll-Tooth Necklace in ESO
  83. ^ Troll-Hair Kindling Pouch item description in ESO
  84. ^ Troll-Mane Napkin item description in ESO
  85. ^ Crafting Motif 71: Coldsnap StyleLandal Gevont, Scholar of Goblins, Invisible College of Daggerfall
  86. ^ Alyxe's dialogue in ESO
  87. ^ Shaman Bogham's dialogue in ESO
  88. ^ Lieutenant Stilga's dialogue in ESO
  89. ^ a b Chung's dialogue in Dawnstar
  90. ^ Trithik's dialogue in Redguard
  91. ^ Hireling Correspondence in ESO
  92. ^ a b Armored Troll in Skyrim
  93. ^ Events of Troll Arena in ESO
  94. ^ Events of Fires of Battle in ESO
  95. ^ The Arena! — Emingil
  96. ^ a b Icestalker in ESO
  97. ^ Kirsh and Dulk's dialogue in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  98. ^ Events of Dawnstar
  99. ^ Gunmar's dialogue in Skyrim
  100. ^ Agra Crun
  101. ^ Trollslayer's Gully in ESO
  102. ^ Trollsbane in Skyrim
  103. ^ Trollslayer's Girdle in ESO
  104. ^ Troll Musk item description in ESO
  105. ^ Tavern Encounters in Arena
  106. ^ Brave Little Scrib and the River Troll
  107. ^ Partial Visual Guide to Trolls item description in ESO
  108. ^ Malacath and the ReachKyrtos
  109. ^ The Real Barenziah, v 3 — Anonymous
  110. ^ Frost Troll Ragamuffin Doll item description in ESO
  111. ^ Gilly the River Troll item description in ESO
  112. ^ Claw of Akatosh item description in ESO
  113. ^ Guardian Troll Spirit in Skyrim
  114. ^ Froki Whetted-Blade's dialogue in Skyrim
  115. ^ Etched Troll Tooth item description in ESO
  116. ^ "Frolicking Trolls of Eastmarch" item description in ESO
  117. ^ Garden Troll Varmint Defender item description in ESO
  118. ^ Matching Troll Bookends item description in ESO
  119. ^ Deadly Neighbor quest in Blades
  120. ^ Our Poor Town quest in ESO
  121. ^ Yngling Half-Troll and Greidil Half-Troll in Morrowind
  122. ^ Daljari Half-Troll in ESO
  123. ^ The Lord in Oblivion

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.