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Norwegian and Danish trolls

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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3 years ago #9458524        



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!


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3 years ago #9458424        



The odd cousin. Every family has one.

2 months ago #9786264        



This is the first comic I've seen on this website aside from Scandinavia and the world. I've a feeling that there's a lot more to Humon than just country puns, but I still love this!

12 months ago #9693177        



Don't be an internet troll. Be a norwegian troll. Eat christians, stay home during the day, and terorize people who've entered your forest

1 year ago #9646560        



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 year ago #9638916        



Norwegian Troll: everything ;-;


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2 years ago #9562647        



@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

2 years ago #9480305        



In Finnish folklore, we have both Norwegian-type trolls, called "peikko", and Danish-type trolls, called "menninkäinen".

3 years ago #9474854        



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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3 years ago #9458255        



"What is wrong with you?"
An entirely appropriate reaction.

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