Monday, 31 July 2017

Guest Post - Trolls and Fairytales by Nicolas Starling - Blog Tour

The origin of Trolls differs from place to place .Scandinavian trolls are bigger than humans evil ugly will eat anything have a taste for human flesh and generally not very nice. Icelandic trolls must be real because the people of Iceland build them shelters and will tell you they exist. They will never say they don’t. Norwegian trolls originate from the Viking era they were on Viking runes and called HULDRAFOLK which when translated means hidden folk. Troll evolved from the Viking word Troller which meant magic to harm others. There are trolls that look like humans with a tail and generally run around naked except when near humans when they hide their tails under clothes .

The female of this type of troll is known to sing sing to the human which puts him in a trance and she keeps him as a mate or a pet .When she wants a new one she wakes him up and he doesn't remember anything. There are trolls that are ugly (to humans) and stupid they are the trolls best known to humans I think. They are malignant to humans they appear in countless tales of Norse mythology. Trolls are all descended from the Scandinavian troll called a jotnar .In time trolls had had enough of waiting for their battle against the Greek gods for judgment day a battle of good against evil and the trolls were still evil but liked to play evil pranks on Christians and their churches they would throw large rocks and boulders at the churches to try to knock them down and if they took too long and got caught in the sun they turned to stone. So if you go to Norway and see boulders around a church you know where they have come from. 

Trolls tend to live on mountains in Forrester or caves even under bridges. They don't like or trust humans because humans are nomadic and will trick or steal a troll’s gold or his magic if he can. A lot of modern day trolls have changed from evil to naughty stupid creatures but as long as they look like trolls they still give the same impression. They have appeared in Lord of the rings .Harry potter to name but a few .You never know they might not be mythical. ASK IN ICELAND.

           Most of us think fairies are tiny creatures that fly about with a magic wand. History and folklore say people didn't like to call them fairies and called them little people or hidden people. Some people think they are spirits of the dead which were not bad enough for help but not good enough for heaven. There are hundreds of different types of fairies. Some fly some tiny some ugly. But they can all appear and disappear when they want or need to. The oldest recorded fairy was in the thirteenth century so they have been around for a long time like the trolls. The fairies called Brownies or Hobgoblins are really very ugly but very nice and do housework and odd jobs for you but Banshees are evil and sinister and only appear to tell of a tragedy that is about to happen. Goblins and Bug o boos are really evil and people should keep away at all costs. Most of nature's fairies are thought to be descendants of pre Christian gods and hostesses of spirits of the trees and rivers. 

Black Ann  a blue faced hag haunts Dane hills in Leicestershire and gentle Annie are thought to be descended from Danu mother of Irish cave fairies. Jack o lantern is thought to light flames in marsh gases and tempt travellers to go into the bogs and drown. Some people still believe they are real and why not?

Thank you Nicolas for explaining about all the types of trolls. I just thought they were those toys with the fun hair from the 80s and 90s! 

Thomas Troll's Travels 

Thomas the Troll comes from Norway. Like most Trolls he is mischievous, naughty and full of adventure.
One day, he has to leave Norway because the troll elders are going to punish him for being so cheeky.
Thomas decides to live in England and has had all kinds of adventures on the way there.
He meets elves, gnomes and brings Ticklefish with him; Ticklefish are great fun and nearly as naughty as Trolls.
Thomas meets pirates a friendly ghost and even thinks he's sees the queen!
Some people think Trolls are a fairy tale. I don't. Do you?

About the author:

Living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, retired Butcher Nicolas Starling has always enjoyed entertaining people both young and old with his vivid imagination.

Follow along with the rest of this blog tour for Thomas Troll's Travels. 

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