Scandinavian Folklore – Trolls
No creature frequents the stories and beliefs that make up the Scandinavian folklore as often as the trolls. Trolls often lived inside of mountains, and were then called mountain trolls or mountain people. They could also be found in big blocks of stone or simply underground. Few creatures of folklore have been quite as transformed by modern storytellers and toymakers as the trolls. We’re used to seeing them as clumsy and grotesque, furry human-like creatures. And of course they always have a tail. If only it would have been that simple!
But amongst the people of old trolls had a reputation as being very complex and cunning creatures. What they actually looked like is debatable, and often varies from place to place. There are also stories about them being able to change their appearance at will. Sometimes they could look just like humans, but much more beautiful of course!
Trolls especially liked to take the shape of animals. If you happened upon a strange cat or dog walking about alone you should be extra careful, because those were the trolls favourite animals to transform into.
The trolls home-life was actually quite similar that of people, they lived in large families and kept animals. You could sometimes hear them shouting or smell their cooking deep in the mountains or forest. And they also liked to make trouble for the humans nearby. They often sneaked into village and farms to attempt to steal food or beer. A clever farmer would protect himself by always carrying steel (like a troll cross).
But trolls stealing food was not the biggest problem. From time to time, a villager might disappear in the forest and then people would suspect them of having been mountain-taken, kidnapped by trolls.
This is the threat. British nationalism. Not Scottish nationalism. In the city that voted Yes. Back to this kind of Glasgow. Nazi salutes and chants about the famine.
Stabbing of a Yes voter, scuffles with the police, nazi salutes, fascism, bigotry, hatred, intolerance, Saltire burning and young women being terrorised on the street. To think Wednesday night the same square was full of families, hope and laughter. These are the brave guardians of our United Kingdom! Better together eh? Not with you lot.
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Floor Jansen Week | Day 3 - Favorite song with Nightwish
Song: Ghost Love Score
DVD: Showtime, Storytime (2013)
I feel so happy that this song was so important for her after recovering from the burn out and give her the passion to sing again. Now I understand how much she loves this song and that she gives everything when she sings it! :’)
You look amazing! And very Morrigan-y indeed :D
Thank you! ^_^ I’ll go back to the hairdresser in the morning to soften the look a little, the contrast between the dark bangs and the rest of it a little too stark to my liking at the moment.
eastern europe and western europe are so different, so i find it quite odd when north americans generalize on europe as a whole, because people native to western europe and people native to eastern europe know of and recognize the divide that exists quite well
i wouldn’t even simplify Europe’s divides so cleanly like that. central europe is a whole different kettle of fish from both eastern and western, i.e. there’s huge differences between Hungary/Slovakia/Poland and the likes of Romania/Bulgaria. and even northern europe and southern europe, like Netherlands/Sweden/Estonia and Spain/Italy/Greece. i would argue the east/west isn’t really there outside of politics tbh
Scottish Independence Rally in Glasgow Sept. 17, 2014
I just realized this hair makes me look no longer like Shepard as much as…
I guess this is somewhat appropriate, though? :D