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==History==
 
==History==
 
Bill seems to have been the leader of the troll-band — at least, it was he who led them to the woodlands of [[Trollshaws]], according to his companions. It was [[Talking purse|William's purse]] that [[Bilbo Baggins]] tried to pickpocket as his first act of "burglary", an attempt that brought the entire expedition close to disaster. Luckily, [[Gandalf]] was able to trick William and his two companions into arguing together until sunrise, whereupon they all turned to stone.<ref>{{H|2}}</ref>
 
Bill seems to have been the leader of the troll-band — at least, it was he who led them to the woodlands of [[Trollshaws]], according to his companions. It was [[Talking purse|William's purse]] that [[Bilbo Baggins]] tried to pickpocket as his first act of "burglary", an attempt that brought the entire expedition close to disaster. Luckily, [[Gandalf]] was able to trick William and his two companions into arguing together until sunrise, whereupon they all turned to stone.<ref>{{H|2}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Following [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s use of modern names, logically "William Huggins" would be a "translation" of the troll's "real", [[Westron]] name, which is not recorded.{{fact}}
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==Inspiration==
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There was a real historical figure named [[Wikipedia:William Huggins|William Huggins]], a pioneering astronomer of the mid-nineteenth century, though there is no apparent reason  that Tolkien based his foul-mouthed troll on this noted scientist.
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey|''The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'']]'''
 
'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey|''The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'']]'''
 
:William is portrayed (through motion capture) by [[Peter Hambleton]].
 
:William is portrayed (through motion capture) by [[Peter Hambleton]].
 
==See also==
 
*[[:Category:Images of William|Images of William]]
 
  
 
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