Iceland and its trolls

This post I would like to dedicate to something odd. Namely the Scandinavian troll. Today we only know trolls from computer games and children’s books, but once it was common for farmers and shepherds to hear and see, even interact with them in their daily life. Some trolls tricked and stole while others were good and helpful. In the Scandinavian folklore – and tales the Scandinavian troll (and a wide range of selections of different kinds of fairy-tale beasts) has played an important role. One good example is they have been used to describe a variety of natural (?) disasters in Iceland, such as earth quakes, landslides and even creeks and streams.

Guðrún Helgadóttir is writing in her book about Flumbra, a poor Icelandic ogress who is in love with a big and ugly troll who neglects her (because he is too lazy), to tell Icelandic kids about their landscape and their country in a funny way. According to my Icelandic teacher however, this book has also been used for sexual/health education. 😀

þegar jarðaskjálfti verður, hugsar islensku maðurinn glaður:

“jæja, nú elskast tröllin og nýir tröllakrakkar verða til!”

Sweet as sugar!


About tegis

This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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