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Trolls: An Unnatural History, by John Lindow

What is a troll. That's the question answered (sort of) by the very first troll on record, a troll-woman who accosted the 9th-century Viking skáld Bragi the Old on a deserted forest track late one night and challenged him to a poetry match. Trolls call me moon of the dwelling-Rungnir, she declaimed: giant's wealth-sucker, storm-sun's bale, seeress's friendly companion, guardian of corpse-fjord, swallower of heaven wheel: what is a troll other than that. In an earlier post I talked about how difficult it is to understand Viking poetry ( see "The Viking Art of Poetry" ). What do these kennings-- giant's wealth-sucker, storm-sun's bale --mean. John Lindow, in his book Trolls: An Unnatural History (Reaktion Books 2014), only explains one of them: swallower of heaven wheel means "swallower of the sun or moon," which in Norse mythology is a wolf. Is this troll a wolf. A wolf-like monster. Says Lindow, "The exchange between Bragi and the troll woman forms a paradigm that will often recur: a threatening encounter, in a place far from human habitation, between troll and human, with the human emerging unscathed in the end. The trolls always lose. It will help when you see how long-lived and nasty these creatures can be. Through the Viking Age, the Saga Age, and into Iceland's Sturlung Age, when the Icelandic sagas were being written, trolls were a kind of malevolent land spirit. A woman who throws a love token away is said to have given it to the trolls. A warrior swears, "May the trolls take me if I never again redden my sword with blood. " These trolls were "associated with the Other," Lindow notes: "the mysterious, inexplicable, and unknowable. … Or to put it another way," he adds later, "as the giants are to the gods in the mythology, so trolls are to humans. Not until the later Middle Ages, will trolls take on the form familiar to us, the kind of ugly, stupid monster that appears in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit or J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone. In Illuga saga Griðarfóstra (written as late as the 15th century), an Icelandic youth enters a cave in search of fire. He hears the heavy footsteps of the cave dweller and sees a decidedly un-wolflike troll woman:. He thought a storm or squall was blowing out of her nostrils. Her hands were like the claws of an eagle, but both arms were singed and the baggy shirt she was wearing reached no lower than her loins in back but all the way to her toes in front. No one would call her pretty. Source: God of Wednesday

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  • Articles on Rabun County, Georgia, Including: Billy Redden, Logan Edwin Bleckley, Fulton Lovell, Andrew Jackson Ritchie, Roscoe Nicholson, John Dillar

    2011. ISBN: 1244911712,9781244911710. 164 pages.

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