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If you know anything about Norway then you know that there are a lot of things related to trolls in that country. Trollstunga, Trollsfjord, the Troll Park in Senja — what exactly is going on there? Read on to learn everything worth knowing about Norwegian trolls! Trolls are creatures from Norse mythology.
Trolls are believed to either live alone or in small families, and they do not get along with humans. In the book, an encounter between skald Bragi Boddason and an unnamed troll woman is described:. The source Old Norse text uses other words to describe the mysterious creature, and there is still some debate over their meaning to this day.
This resulted in a debate whether there are distinct groups of mythical creatures or if all the terms are just referring to the same monster. Before the word troll was even coined, the Norse used other words to describe the creatures that we have come to know as trolls. He believes that the terms are used to denote a wide variety of beings from cave-dwellers to demi-gods.
But what we do know is that there are many different terms used to denote mythical creatures, some of whom were trolls. Trolls are real in the same way Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are real. According to Scandinavian mythology, there are two types of trolls.
One type resembles giant, and the most similar thing I can think of is the troll from Harry Potter that Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to fight off during their first year at Hogwarts. Trolls are not attractive creatures. They are described as ugly, usually with big teeth, huge noses, and other grotesque features. Trolls are also much larger than the average human being, and sometimes they have multiple he on one body. Tiny trolls are short and stubby, and they usually live in caves or in other underground dwellings.
There are also humanoid trolls — Huldrefolk. They are magical forest creatures who look a lot like humans except for a tail. Huldras could supposedly enchant men with their song, and then make them do whatever they wanted. Sometimes they would just keep them around as pets. And that goes for all types of trolls out there, from cave trolls of Norse mythology to the internet trolls of our day and age. Although they lack human intelligence, some trolls are described as cunning creatures.
They might not be very smart, but they possess magical powers and have a strong connection with nature that allows them to manipulate the elements for their own benefit. Trolls are thought to live in caves, forests, or underground dwellings. Different types of trolls live in different places, so a cave troll and a forest troll are two very different creatures.
Cave trolls are usually depicted as smaller than humans, with stubby arms and legs, and round bellies. They are the big, messy, ugly, child-eating creature of the scary Norwegian tales. It depends. Early Old Norse text described trolls as magical creatures with a unique connection to nature. This allowed them to manipulate the elements to deceive humans and destroy settlements. But even in those texts, not all trolls were capable of doing magic. However, in later texts, trolls become more similar to humans and Neanderthals in particular.
There has been some discussion in recent years that the trolls depicted in all those Old Norse stories could have been just Neanderthals. When you think about it, it makes sense — they both lived in caves, lacked human intelligence, and were big and ugly creatures. Trolls have extremely sharp teeth that can cut through anything — bone, rock, wood, etc. Naughty kids are their favorite snack, which happens to be a great threat for many Norwegian parents? According to various writings in Norse mythology, trolls are capable of destroying villages, killing humans, burning down churches, and doing many other horrible deeds.
They are evil creatures who often use their magic and connection with nature to do ill, and humans should stay far away from them. Old text usually describes them as not friendly or helpful to humans, and they warn people to stay as far away from them as possible. Forest and mountain trolls are thought to be more dangerous than cave trolls, mostly because of their size and shape.
Legend has it that a Christian can kill a troll if they say its name aloud, so as you can imagine troll names are some of the best-kept secrets in the world. They might be dumb creatures, but nobody is that dumb. Grendel — the troll from Beowulf and one of the three main antagonists of the epic poem. Even the trolls in Frozen are happy, cute, and happy to help the humans, which is as far from their descriptions in Norse mythology as it can get. But hey, those movies were written for children so the depiction of trolls as non-threatening and cute creatures makes sense.
Other shocking examples of trolls in pop culture include the popular cartoon Moomins Moomintroll and Hugo. Who knew they were scary trolls all this time? The recent installment in the video game franchise is centered around Vikings and Norse mythology, including trolls. Anna is the co-owner of expert world travel and can't wait to share her travel experience with the world.
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