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Denmark assigns $428k to research trolls

By T.K. Randall
November 9, 2014 · Comment icon 36 comments

There are several types of troll in Scandinavian folklore. Image Credit: PD - John Bauer
The money will go towards funding a study in to the impact of troll mythology on the island of Bornholm.
Trolls are a staple part of the myths and legends of Scandinavian folklore and now a researcher exploring the impact of these stories on the local environment has been awarded a sizable research grant to expand on his studies.

In particular the project will focus on the enigmatic island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea where tales of a troll by the name of Krølle Bølle have been told for years.
Researcher Lars Christian Kofoed Rømer, who is the receipient of the funds, is no stranger to investigating unconventional subjects having previously studied the topic of ghosts for two years.

The organization responsible for awarding the money, Denmark's Council for Independent Research (DFF), has defended the decision despite skepticism over the value of such a study.

"At DFF we believe that humanistic research should be funded on equal footing with all other research areas and we actually support that area more than we support societal research," said chairman Peter Munk Christiansen.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (36)




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Comment icon #27 Posted by Finder of Lost Things 10 years ago
According to the movie Troll Hunter the trolls can smell Christians, so I hope, for his own safety, that this researcher is a pagan, Jewish, or Muslim. I wonder if they can smell a lapsed Catholic? Probably...... I too was thinking about the movie Troll Hunter when I saw this headline! HIlarious movie!
Comment icon #28 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
I too was thinking about the movie Troll Hunter when I saw this headline! HIlarious movie! The only part I didn't like was the gigantic troll. Physics wouldn't allow for such a large creature to walk around. But otherwise I found it very enjoyable.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 10 years ago
You can find trolls on any Internet forum. Seems like an easy research project. This.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Erowin 10 years ago
Anthropology studies don't get much press, so it's nice to see them devoting resources to anthropology. It's an important science!
Comment icon #31 Posted by cookemeister 10 years ago
428K hmmm and how much has been "wasted" in the search for Religion down the years yet no-one bats an eyelid !!
Comment icon #32 Posted by fred_mc 10 years ago
When I was on vacation on Bornholm in the 1980s I bought a Krølle Bølle figurine to put on my shelf. Well, actually I bought figurines of his entire troll family so they do make a lot of money on Krølle Bølle merchandise ... and yes, they have Krølle Bølle ice cream too.
Comment icon #33 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
I always thought that proper Trolls (not computer misfits), lived in the Halls of the Mountain King in Norway, unless they moved to Denmark looking for work.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
My great grandfather was from Bornholm, so does this make me part troll ?
Comment icon #35 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
My great grandfather was from Bornholm, so does this make me part troll ? Do you have any magical talents? Maybe you can flip a coin ten times and they always come up heads? Maybe you can start a fire with matches?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
Do you have any magical talents? Maybe you can flip a coin ten times and they always come up heads? Maybe you can start a fire with matches? Oh yes, I can indeed start fire with matches. I can even do it without mathes* I haven't tried the coin flip yet, but I have a magic ability to make money disappear from bank accounts. In addition traffic lights change colour when I am around them, ususally to red. ... and yes, they have Krølle Bølle ice cream too. Indeed they have: *I do need a lighter though.


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