TROLLS: GOOD OR BAD? by Nancy J. Cohen
Trolls originated in Norse mythology before the days of Christianity when the people of Norway believed in ancient gods. These beings were considered to be mean, ugly creatures with humanoid shapes. Trolls had abnormally large ears and noses and were unusually strong.
Said to possess supernatural powers, they lived in mountains and caves. But not all of them had malformed features. Their women could be beautiful. Indeed, these lovely females would lure young farmers away who would never be seen again. The only sign that a woman might be a troll was a cow-like tail spotted under her clothing. Another sign might be her elegant style of dress, inappropriate for the woods. Beware, or you might be taken as a mate or a slave to do her bidding.
In literature and films, trolls range from tall and lumbering without much intelligence to cunning creatures with magical abilities. Part of their power comes from their understanding of nature. For example, they can communicate with animals. They can see well in the dark and hear better than humans, and may even possess shapeshifting abilities. That log you see in your path? It could be a troll, waiting to sneak up on you.
What are some of their other talents? They can alter their appearance to look more pleasing. This explains why they may appear cute and cuddly. These are unlike most images of trolls in folklore which show them as ugly creatures. Trolls can blend in with their surroundings, merge into the shadows, or become invisible. This power of disguise comes in handy when they go to steal or kidnap children. They use their powers to take what they believe should be theirs and to create mischief among mankind.
Trolls resent how people encroached upon their territory, and many of their mean pranks are a way to get even. Like the aboriginals who inhabited the land before people appeared to raze the trees for planting crops, trolls are nature-loving beings. They live underground in halls made of gold and crystal where they have families and raise their young. They hoard treasures they steal along with food and cattle.
Folks should be careful going about at night, which is when they operate. Sunlight is deadly to them. It turns them into stone. Thus rocks and boulders that have a particularly human shape might be attributed to a former troll. Trolls also don’t like loud noises, so if you encounter one, ring a bell or bang on a pot. They also fear steel, so carrying an object made of this metal might help ward them off.
Once Christianity came into play, trolls were considered to be fallen angels or pagans who had died and could not enter heaven or hell. Wearing a cross would help to keep them away.
In Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series, my bad guys are evil trolls called Trolleks who’ve invaded Earth through a rift in the Bermuda Triangle. Norse mythology comes alive in this tale of magic, myth, adventure, and romance. Only the Drift Lords—warriors from space—can save the world along with a special group of Earth women with legendary powers.
Can you think of any films where you’ve seen trolls? What does the image of a troll convey to your mind?
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Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series by Nancy J. Cohen
When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she's drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.
After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn't count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar's soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?
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