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The story about The Norwegian Trolls.
Far to the North where the winter storms whip the weather beaten coasts, you will find a
long and narrow country. Here you see dark forests with moonlit lakes, deep
fjords surrounded by mighty snowcapped mountains, and long rivers and cold
streams cascading down the mountain sides.
Nowadays this country is covered by snow and ice only six months a year.
A long, long time ago, however, there existed a massive glacier that brooded
over the entire country for thousands of years.
As the climate gradually warmed and the glacier slowly retreated to the North, Man to
the South of the glacier followed in its wake. Looking at this country and finding it to
be magnificent, they considered themselves to be its first inhabitants. People
settled there and named it Norway. They were of themselves called nordmennâ(Norwegian)
It did not take them long, however, to realize that on this land there were various
other creatures hiding out in the forests and mountain sides.
know what these creatures were, but they were generally believed to have
supernatural powers, and they came to be known as trolls.
The trolls would come out of their hiding places only after sun set, and they would
disappear before the morning sun arose in the East. Direct exposure to the sun
could cause them to crack, turn into stone and possibly burst. On occasion the
trolls would evidently forget to hide from the sun, and rock formations can
today be found in various places with troll like features.
The trolls were mostly seen on bright moonlit nights, or during stormy nights that could
frighten about anyone who happened to be outdoors at that time.
The trolls had very distinct features. They had long crooked noses, only four fingers and
toes on each limb, and most of them had long bushy tails.
Some trolls were giants, and others were small.
three headed trolls, and even a few has only one eye in the middle of their
wrinkled foreheads. Other had trees and rough moss like growth all over their heads
Although they were shaggy and rough haired, and most looked frightening, they were also
known to be good natured and naive. So naive in fact that even sly peasant boys
could, on occasion, easily trick them. Stories about such encounters are common in the
Most trolls lived to be hundreds of years old. However, because of the troll extremely shy
nature, their true origin, their lifestyle or what surprises they might pull has
always been a mystery.
The ability to transform themselves counted among the trolls many supernatural skills. The
fairy maidens called an Hulderâ could transform into incredibly attractive
farmers sons, who were lured to the mountains by these fairies, would usually check for
tails on their new found beauties.
The wrath of the trolls was boundless. It was therefore considered very important not to
make them your enemy. If a farmer did provoke a troll, his livestock might be
subject to disease or harmful sickness, or worse things could happened.
On the other
hand, a good relationship with the trolls could be very rewarding.
Now, even in modern times it is well advised to keep a good standing with the trolls, since
you never know when you will meet one yourself. The next time you go to the
dark forests and mighty mountains with their deep lakes and roaring waterfalls,
just remember, they probably mean no harm. But be aware. In the twilight hours you are no
Then it`s you and the trolls.
Take care, you never know what to expect.