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#1    Loreoffolk

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hello im curious as to how trolls are depicted in your countries of origin. In Sweden they are considerd to live in caves and in familys they are also considerd harmfull to people the most harmfull being the Jötnor ( has more of a giant aperance)  there also charecterized as white skined but with giant noses if you want to read more about it there is a breif wikepedia entrey on the subject but im more intreged about your cultures views on trolls.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll

http://en.wikipedia....org/wiki/Jötnar


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:08 PM

It will depend, some think this:
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some  this:

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but i think this:

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 07:30 AM

Much like humans, there are many troll races.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:39 AM

Trolls!! Trolls are fabulous, however... I'm not sure they have Trolls in every culture.... not that the creature doesnt exist elsewhere, i mean that the name would be different. There is a fantastic artist by the name of Brian froud who worked on Dark Crsytal and The Laberynth back in the 80's.
He and his wife Wendy (Wendy makes sculptures and puppets) brought out a book depicting Trolls as they believe them to be. some wonderful artwork in there, and a lot of it is highly similar to how you describe the appearance of a troll. the only difference being that  some were quite small ranging to very large according to them.

Check it out, the art and the sculpture is amazing.

here is the link to their general site: www.worldoffroud.com/
here is the link to the actual troll section: http://www.worldoffr...ooks/trolls.php

p.s. I'm relatively new to forums and stuff, so i have no idea what happened to my link above... why did the last sentence turn green?..... Answers on a post card lol!!

Edit: Also, I would like to add, that i think they are in a physical sense mythical... ie.. I don't think you can find them on earth, in our plane anyway... but I do believe that in other dimensional levels there could be something like this that occasionally crosses ours and becomes visible.

Edited by Celestae, 20 November 2013 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:01 AM

Pretty much the same as  Swedens


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:07 AM

I've been trying to think of something in Vietnamese folklore that might translate troll but can't.  Everything similar is supernatural in some way, and not quite so consistently evil, whereas as I understand it trolls are actually not all that supernatural but are consistently nasty.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:47 AM

I do wonder if Troll legends have anything to do with Neanderthals...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:59 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 20 November 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

I do wonder if Troll legends have anything to do with Neanderthals...
That is what I always thought.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:28 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 20 November 2013 - 08:59 PM, said:

That is what I always thought.

It has crossed my mind before, the white skin and big nose mentioned in the OP bought it back. Who knows where these legends come from, Neanderthals could fit in quite nicely.

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:32 AM

Damnit now I need to watch "Troll Hunter".

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:57 AM

While I don't have a very proper heritage that I can derive trolls from, I can at least share how I portray them while writing fiction.

The folklore of my mind is a hodgepodge of modern media influence. I grew up on stories of Freddy and Jason as well as of Hercules, Jesus, etc. Those early media figures have been indoctrinated into a form of myth in my mind, and with them are two types of trolls: the lucky trolls toys, and the ugly beasties of fantasy RPGs and novels. I don't particularly like trolls as being cute and innocent creatures, because that niche is taken on by smurfs and dwarves and gnomes and the like, and also because trolls are typically far more malevolent. However, I do like the gemstone bellies and the wild hair with bizarre 80's punk colors. So I've combined them.

My trolls are large and muscular creatures, but also plump and fairly round which sets the apart from the all-muscle ogres. Trolls are also shorter than ogres (which I typically imagine as standing between eight and ten feet tall), but larger than humans. They come in a variety of colors, all of which are dingy, and are prone to warts and dental issues. They do not have fangs, instead having a jaw structure very similar to ours. Their hair comes also in a variety of colors, a much wider array than most other species, and they very often have a gem in their belly button which matches in hue to their hair. Their hair and gem grays as they become old, which leads some (fictional) individuals to believe that the gem is there from birth and is not simply found by the troll. Trolls are not particularly intelligent creatures, although they have an affinity for gems and gold and will raid dwarf mines whenever possible. This tends to also put them at odds with Leprechauns. The trolls are a violent people, and are known to consume humans and others without hesitation. They are of the mortal races, however, and so do not possess the natural inclination for magic that the Faire Folk do. Despite this, it is rumored that the belly-stones of the troll enable the more intelligent among them to utilize limited glamour and dark magic. They are often enslaved by Unseely Fay and utilized as juggernaut and berserker soldiers. In behavior the troll is largely wild, so it is unsure for what purpose they gather valuable things. They most commonly fight with crude clubs, often simply logs from fallen trees, although they will steal better weapons if they can, and prefer axes and maces when they do.


Slight grammar bit: mortal races, such as troll and human and ogre, are not capitalized unless referred to specifically as their race or breed (though this would require a more niche description, such as Mountain Troll). Faire Folk (also known as Fay, although this is technically incorrect) are capitalized, and so are the individual Faire Races and species. Leprechauns are Faire, so they are always capitalized.

Faire is pronounced "fair", "glamour" when spelled with a "u" reflects on the innate magic unique to the Faire Folk and when spelled with an "o" refers to the earthly property of being glamorous. Keep in mind, this is simply my distinctions for fiction, and I got to rambling about it. Sorry.

Edited by Nathan DiYorio, 21 November 2013 - 01:02 AM.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 01:26 AM

There are the Trolls that come from the "David the Gnome" series of books and cartoons.

Live in the woods in caves, under bridges and whatnot. Big ears, big nose, very hairy.

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View PostDecoNoir, on 21 November 2013 - 12:32 AM, said:

Damnit now I need to watch "Troll Hunter".
Again!!!

That is a entertaining movie.

I think these were my favorite "Troll Hunter" trolls.

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Edited by DieChecker, 21 November 2013 - 01:28 AM.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 01:44 AM

Tomten, a troll, delivers your Christmas presents, so I wouldn't let it bother you.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:02 AM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 20 November 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

I do wonder if Troll legends have anything to do with Neanderthals...

I think it may have its origins in hermits that wer disfigured and forced to live away from society


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:04 AM

View PostLoreoffolk, on 21 November 2013 - 09:02 AM, said:

I think it may have its origins in hermits that wer disfigured and forced to live away from society
No Neanderthals were big and ugly





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