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Norwegian and Danish trolls


Even within Scandinavia troll lore is pretty different from country to country. What most people know as Scandinavian trolls are actually specifically Norwegian trolls.

17th February 2016

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1 year ago #9458524        
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Actually the difference makes sense. Trolls are a kind of personification of nature, and the Norwegian landscape is a LOT more dangerous and scary than the Danish!



Nedalin

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1 year ago #9458424        
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The odd cousin. Every family has one.



14 days ago #9646560        
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Can't wait till he meets a homestuck Troll preferably Sollux pre going blind and dying! It would start out like this
Sollux: II don't know how you 2urviived the triial2 iin the wriigling cavern2!



1 month ago #9638916        
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Norwegian Troll: everything ;-;



Murklan

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7 months ago #9562647        
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@mithril From what I've read, swedish trolls were very similar to humans. They had similar lifestyles and habits, however since they were magic users and not a part of the swedish church they were feared by humans. Although apparently there were some places were humans and trolls lived in peace, trading goods with each other and such. It really depended how you treated them really. They reward generosity and kindness and punish those who are greedy and selfish, similarly to many other mythical beings. However trolls were seen as monsters in most places and there are countless stories of them kidnapping people and stealing newborns. It should also be mentioned that swedish trolls often were depicted as shape-shifters. They would often appear as black cats (sometimes even posing as peoples pets) but also in a more human like form. In fact, troll maidens were said to be outstandingly beautiful and would sometimes visit human villages to partake in celebrations.
So, yeah. If you treated them well you could be given riches and get lucky with your hunting trips but if you were rude or somehow insulted them they could go into your barn and switch places of the tail and the head of all your animals (there's a story where that actually happens).
Basically they're chaotic neutral shape shifters who run around in the woods and sometimes kidnap people.

*whew* this was a lot longer than it needed to be :T



1 year ago #9480305        
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In Finnish folklore, we have both Norwegian-type trolls, called "peikko", and Danish-type trolls, called "menninkäinen".



1 year ago #9474854        
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I wonder if at some point Trolls in Denmark interbred with humans and eventually lost some of their troll-ish features.

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1 year ago #9458255        
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"What is wrong with you?"
An entirely appropriate reaction.



1 year ago #9458150        
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Your trolls are so cute! I remember being warned that trolls lived in the Black Forest when I was little; I was the weird kid that kept hoping I'd find one XD I've always wondered that about the trolls that eat people, though, if Christian blood smelled differently, and if that meant everyone else was off the menu.



1 year ago #9457847        
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Do the Swedes have a distinct type of troll as well? everything i've read so far trying to find out (i'm writing an RPG supplement that uses a lot of Scandinavian folklore) just seems to gloss over Sweden's troll folklore. sadly the Danish ones are also kinda thin on details in the stuff i've found too. :(

one big thing i've had problems with is the names.. it seems like "troll" is more of a generic name, do the different types have different names? even if just ones given to them by folklorists to tell them apart? (would be a big help, since sadly the game already has "trolls" in the D&D style.. which have little in common with the Scandinavian versions. different names would help separate them out.)

Art wise i love the work of John Bauer in depicting trolls though..

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