General

  • Trundle is the first champion to cost 4800 IP.
  • Trundle's hair resembles the Troll doll's hair.
  • Trundle's recall animation is the famous "Winter is Coming" pose from the television series Game of Thrones.
  • The area for Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain is currently, not counting global abilities, the largest AoE in the game.
  • Trundle, Karma Karma, Lee Sin Lee Sin, and Sejuani Sejuani are the only champions to feature a 'traditional' skin representing them before their visual updates (his was conceived while producing a 'Frost Troll' skin)
  • Trundle's dance is a reference to Dancing Troll.

Development

  • Trundle was designed by Kevin 'Geeves' O'Brien.
  • The original Trundle was released on December 1, 2010.
  • Trundle is voiced by Joshua Tomar
  • Trundle's champion title was previously "the Cursed Troll" but with the Freljord patch his background story got changed and is now known as "the Troll King".
  • His name Trundle (var. trendle, trindle) comes from Old English noun tryndel "wheel".
    • The verb to trundle, synonymous with to roll is based on the wheel's round shape [1].
    • Troll comes from Proto-Germanic *truzlan, a supernatural & magical giant.
      • Both Trundle & troll might come from one same PIE root *der- "to run, trip, tread, tramp". [2]
  • Since his introduction, Trundle went nearly two years before being subject to balance changes to any of his skills or stats. He was finally given changes in the Shadow Isles patch in late October 2012.
  • Trundle received a visual upgrade across all skins including a new TrundleSquare.png Classic skin.
    • His existing, although upgraded classic skin was made available in the store for two weeks before being retired into the Legacy Vault. Players who owned Trundle before his rework received TrundleSquare.png Traditional Trundle for free.
    • His new classic skin and lore tie him in with Freljord.

Quotes

TrundleSquare.png Classic Trundle

  • Trundle's line "The Trolls are going to war" may be a direct reference to a quote by Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: "The Ents are going to war".
  • Trundle's taunt to Leona Leona "Sunlight? Really?" is most likely a reference to trolls turning to stone when sunlight shines upon them in certain legends and fantasy universes ("The Hobbit" being a notable example).

TrundleSquare.png Traditional Trundle

  • His quotes make several references to internet "trolls", a derogatory term for someone who intentionally annoys or offends another person.
  • His quote "Don't hate the player, hate the club that's smashing your face!" is most likely a rephrasal of the famous "Don't hate the player, hate the game" saying. It could be also a joke from Riot implying that players focus their hate on champions, not on their player, calling for nerfs on the forums.
  • His first joke, "How much you wanna bet I can whack you from one fountain to the other?", is most likely a reference to the movie Napoleon Dynamite, in which the character Uncle Rico at one point asks, "How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains", while reminiscing of his past in football.

Skins

TrundleSquare.png Classic Trundle [S|L]
  • It started out as a new skin (Ice Troll Trundle) but eventually evolved into his VU Classic Skin.
TrundleSquare.png Traditional Trundle [S|L]
  • In his splash artwork, old pre-VU Classic Trundle faces are etched into his chair.
  • Represents pre-VU Trundle, but bulkier.
  • It contains Trundle's old voiceover together with VFX similar to his old ability kit.
TrundleSquare.png Lil' Slugger Trundle [S|L]
  • The number 86 on the back of his shirt represents 1986, the year cgsammu (the 3D character artist who worked on it) was born.[3]
  • It's a reference to Baseball.
  • His club is a baseball bat and his Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice is a gold cup.
  • Blitzcrank Blitzcrank can be seen in the background as a catcher.
TrundleSquare.png Junkyard Trundle [S|L]
  • It may be a reference to Mad Max.
  • His club is a muffler and his Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice is a pile of dirt with tires, pans, pipes and other junk sticking out.
    • The junk lying on the pile of dirt resembles the pre-VU version of Junkyard Trundle.
TrundleSquare.png Constable Trundle [S|L]
  • He and Volibear Volibear are members of the Piltover Police Force, as hinted by Trundle's badge.
  • His uniform closely resembles the British Police Force's.
  • His club is a police baton and his Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice is a traffic cone.
  • He shares this theme with Caitlyn Caitlyn, Vi Vi and Volibear Volibear.
TrundleSquare.png Worldbreaker Trundle [S|L]

Relations

  • TrundleSquare.png Trundle managed to form an uneasy alliance with Lissandra Lissandra.
    • His True Ice club ("Boneshiver") was originally Lissandra's. In exchange for it, Trundle agreed to muster a troll army to fight alongside the Frostguard forces, although the likelihood of one side double-crossing the other is quite high.

References

  1. "a military-looking child who was trundling a hoop" Dickens, David Copperfield, chap. 3
  2. Pokorny, 1959. https://lrc.la.utexas.edu/lex/master/0343
  3. cgsammu explains the meaning of 86