In Sam's troll-rhyme, Tim was the uncle of Tom, and was long dead at the beginning of the story. One day, Tim's nephew Tom discovered a troll gnawing on a shin-bone, which he was somehow able to recognise as belonging to his dead uncle Tim. Tom set out to avenge his uncle by aiming a kick at the rock-hard troll, but his foolhardiness earned him no more than a lame leg.
It is likely that neither Tim nor Tom actually existed, but were simply the products of Sam's imagination. On the other hand, it is perfectly possible that Sam's poem was based on actual events, or perhaps on Hobbit folk-legend out of the past.
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