In The Hobbit, the heroes shelter from a storm in the mountains and see a group of stone-giants throwing boulders at each other.

The Stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang.
-The Hobbit, Chapter 4: "Over Hill and Under Hill"

Later, Gandalf considers asking a stone-giant to block up the entrance to the Goblin Town (which suggests that at least some stone-giants are relatively nice guys).

"I must see if I can't find a more or less decent giant to block it up again," said Gandalf, "or soon there will be no getting over the mountain at all."
-The Hobbit, Chapter 6: "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"

But as far as I know, stone-giants don't appear in Tolkien's writing after this. They would certainly be as interesting as the Ents, or at least nearly as interesting, so I am wondering why he didn't do more with them.

Did Tolkien ever discuss why stone-giants don't play a bigger role in his stories?

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    Did you know that the Ents were originally giants in early manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings? (In fact ent is Old English for "giant".) I think perhaps Tolkien associated his earlier stone-giants with the deliberately childish tone he disliked about The Hobbit - "we shall be picked up by some giant and kicked sky-high for a football." – Matt Gutting Jun 4 '15 at 19:27
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    From the Wikia: "In a letter by Tolkien, it was mentioned that a Giant was to be included in the Lord of the Rings. Further information discussed in the History of Middle-earth series confirms that the giant later became the basis for Treebeard." Someone like Jason Baker or @MattGutting with a comprehensive knowledge of the more obscure Tolkien lore will probably be able to make a good answer out of this... – Rand al'Thor Jun 4 '15 at 19:33
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    There are lots of mentions of giants in Tolkien's early drafts; early versions of The Silmarillion list giants among the servants of Melko, and of Treebeard flip-flopped between a good and evil giant before eventually becoming a tree-giant (and finally Ent). However, I'm not having much luck finding Tolkien's reasons for abandoning the idea – Jason Baker Jun 4 '15 at 19:39
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    Relevant. Also, maybe the Stone Giants were actually a kind of Troll (hill trolls of Gorgoroth, anyone?) – Rand al'Thor Jun 4 '15 at 19:42
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    @randal'thor - I doubt it. Gandalf wouldn't expect to find "more or less decent" trolls. – Wad Cheber Jun 4 '15 at 19:47

I think the main factor is that stone giants don't fit into Tolkien's Middle-Earth legendarium very well. All other beings have an explained origin, including the Ents, but stone giants just seem like a generic fairytale construct.

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    Based on The Hobbit, you could say the same thing about almost any being in Tolkien's world- elves, goblins, Eagles, wizards, whatever. He could have filled in the blanks regarding stone-Giants later, like he did with everything else. – Wad Cheber Jun 5 '15 at 23:47
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    Well, here were are talking about Middle-Earth legendarium on the whole, and the Hobbit had to be merged with it. Elves, goblins, and wizards all have their specific origin in 'The Silmarillion'; stone giants do not. – Maksim Jun 6 '15 at 20:56

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