Trolls are one of the more fearsome creatures of mythology. A Scandianian folklore, trolls have been pertained in many ways in literature, art, and music. Some think of them being human-like and living among others with their tails tucked under their clothing while others have oversized ears and noses and keep themselves out of society as much as possible. Although the meaning of the word “troll” is unknown, most think of it to mean “someone who behaves violently”.
Trolls can be warded off by trust in Christ. Church bells and words such as “Jesus” would scare them off. Some also think trolls don’t like the appearance of steel. Trolls never were known to kill people, only to enslave them. They also would kidnap newborn babies and leave one of their own in return.
Origin: About 40,000 years ago, there was said to be encounters with these creatures in the Netherlands. Also, during the 10th and 11th century, when Christianity was being introduced to this area, there were cults who worshiped by alters in graveyards. Trolls could possibly be decedents of these religious groups.
Appearance: Trolls are interpreted to have human-like features or to have an aboriginal face and large ears and noses.
Influences on the Modern Day: Although trolls are from ancient mythology, they have definitely left their mark on modern-day culture. Children’s stories such as “Three Billy Goats Gruff” mention trolls. Troll doll, which were a major toy fad during the 1980s, have been modeled after the ideal troll. Also, on the television show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, there was a character named Robert the troll who lived in the neighborhood of ‘Make Believe’.