Also known as Trows, Drows.
- Norse (culture)
- Humanoid (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
There are many variations of the Troll from Norse mythology. The name is Norse for monster. Danish trolls have large noses, are extremely ugly and wear a craftsman's apron with a red cap and a white long beard. In Ebletoft Trolls had humps on their backs and hooked noses wearing grey jackets and a red cap. In Gudmanstap Trolls differed by being tall in size and wearing black clothes. In Norway there are said to also be ugly but are also hairy. There is a Norwegian female version of the Troll, which is a beautiful redheaded lady. In Swedish and Danish myth they are more like the Brownie.
Generally Trolls lived in communities under hills in long barrows and ancient earthworks. These homes were places of great splendor with vast amounts of treasure.
In the Middle Ages they are fiends that wield black magic. Trolls steal possessions, women and children. They hate noise and can be driven out by church bells. One can also protect themselves from Trolls by a branch of mistletoe. This was used to stop children and animals from being taken. They are cannibalistic and are excellent at creating metals and creating magic out of herbs. They turn into stone if the light hits them and so Trolls only come out from dusk to dawn to cause trouble and steal from people.
On the Orkney Island the Trolls are called Drows or Trows and there are three types: Land, Sea and Peerie. There are also the Norse Bergfolk, the Borbytibgarna from the forests and mountains of northern Europe, the devious Fine, the Henkies of Scotland, the peculiar Mara and Huld and Sjotroll.
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