Later this year, hubby and I are doing a cruise of the Baltic region. One of the stops is Oslo, Norway, a place I didn’t know much about. Research and deciding what to see is always part of the fun for me, and I was intrigued to learn about the combination of trolls and Norway.
Thirteen Facts About Trolls
1. If you Google trolls, at first you’ll come up with lots of websites about internet trolls, which are a different beast all together.
2. The trolls I’ve been researching live in the mountainous regions or woodland regions of Norway. They’re known as mountain or woodland trolls.
3. These days they are a shy creature and there is great debate as to their existence.
4. Several places in Norway are named after trolls such as Trollfjorden, Trollveggen, Trollstigen.
5. Trolls are huge and ugly. They’re scary but according to local lore they’re a little stupid, and a clever man or woman can use this to manipulate them.
6. Trolls are one beast that a romantic woman should not attempt to kiss. She will not find a prince but rather a filthy creature with long, entangled hair. The troll is more likely to eat her than attempt to exchange a kiss.
7. It’s very difficult to discern reality from myth and legends, especially since there has been no documented sightings for some many years.
8. Some people say trolls possess shape shifting powers, so perhaps this is why they’re so good at eluding people. Maybe your best friend is a troll in hiding.
9. I understand trolls are mammals and they live to a great age – anywhere in the range between 1000 – 12000 years old.
10. Like vampires, trolls have a bad reaction to sunlight. Younger trolls turn to stone while older trolls explode on exposure to sunlight.
11. Whenever you see electric pylons in Norway, especially in isolated mountainous regions, they’re probably not there for electricity but are electric fences used to keep trolls within their territories.
12. Trolls are mostly seen on moonlit nights.
13. It’s very important not to make an enemy of a troll because they’re good at revenge. The best advice I can give is to keep in good standing with any trolls you might meet or you’ll be very sorry.
Have you visited Norway? Have any tips? Do you have any experience with trolls?