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|Trolls clearly have a pretty solid culture. They have a strong family life and associated family values. They maintain mulitgenerational family structures that aid in the raising of young and appear to be matriarchal in organization.
From an economic standpoint, they must have access to resources and manufactured goods beyond simply raiding. There is troll sized clothing, armor, weapons and arguably other things like cooking equipment. This suggests either troll artisans, or dedicated economy from other dark races, likely orcs who trade with trolls for gold things captured in raids. In at least one case (Bent and Drooling Troll) we see a likely (former) troll artisan.
They have engineering skills. Even if they can't describe it in complex terms, trolls have an ability to build and maintain complex underground structures in a variety of locations ranging from hard rock to soft soil. They have a demonstrated ability to shore and brace up these tunnels and even install doors and barriers. From time to time they may also use tools in this endeavor, which again brings us back to the economy of troll sized equipment and clothing.
Somewhere in Arda there are workshops or trading posts providing the manufactured goods trolls require. Now wouldn't that be an interesting zone? It likely would be a mixed orc-troll area with workshops, storehouses and the like. Perhaps some orc and troll families settled in the area too, as they are likely to be isolated enough from the main war to be somewhat safe for non combatants.
Either way, there are a lot of implied things about trolls as if they and all their material goods and culture simply are, without any visible or stated means of support. I think expounding on this, and doing the same for other races could add an interesting level of play beyond the usual.