Ugly Trolls – Fascinating Mythical Creatures Of Scandinavia

A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - Theodor Severin Kittelsen (1857-1914), a great Norwegian artist, is known as the “father” of all trolls. His inspiration came from folktales about wild and stupid trolls, but trolls were not ugly or stupid, on the contrary, they were cunning and witchcraft knowledgeable. Kittelsen’s imagination gave the trolls their peculiar appearance.

According to an ancient belief, a troll was reputed to be anti-Christian, since this religion became a stronghold in Sweden in the 1300s. To this present day, the smell of Christians and the sound of church bells greatly disgust trolls.

Uggly Trolls - Fascinating Mythical Creatures Of Scandinavia

The trolls could over a longer or shorter time attract people into their world, into the mountains or down into the underworld and people who disappeared for a while could return with memory loss and confusion still present after returning home.

The troll is a fascinating mythological creature, well-known not only in Sweden but also in all surrounding Scandinavian countries.

These curious beings – usually hairy, huge and ugly in appearance - may come in varying shapes and sizes, some may even have 9 heads.

The trolls could be invisible or behave in the shape of different animals or objects, but usually, they looked like ordinary people with beautiful clothes. They lived in larger or smaller families, had own cattle and could have their residence underground, in forests, in a castle, under bridges, in lakes, seashore.

Uggly Trolls

Like many other creatures in folklore of Scandinavia, trolls were said to live in underground complexes, accessible from underneath large boulders in the forests or in the mountains. Credits: Theodor S. Kittelsen

The king of all trolls is rumored to live on a mountain and is considered a wealthy troll, with piles of stored silver and gold. The trolls that live alone and isolated in huts within a forest, are deemed to be the most dangerous.

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According to common belief, the trolls are very old and may appear as humans. They could either be described as good neighbors doing small favors to each other, or dangerous creatures with a voracious appetite for thieving and causing nothing but trouble.

The troll is a fascinating mythological creature, well-known not only in Sweden but also in all surrounding Scandinavian countries.

The troll is a fascinating mythological creature, well-known not only in Sweden but also in all surrounding Scandinavian countries.

Usually, they stole food and drink, but it also happened that they stole children and swapped them for their own. These changelings were recognized in various ways; usually, they were unable to grow up and learn to speak.

The trolls could over a longer or shorter time attract people into their world, into the mountains or down into the underworld and people who disappeared for a while could return with memory loss and confusion still present after returning home.

But there is a way to get rid of a troll and sunlight is the main weapon against it. When a troll is exposed to sunlight that it turns to stone and in this form it is harmless.

There are many legends and myths about the trolls that were changed to large stones. Due to sun exposure, these trolls became stone pieces, forever, except for one troll – Olog- Hai, who is sun resistant.

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