I moved to Norway some years ago, and I have been very fascinated by the rocks and mountains here and there leaving traces and indices that trolls are living in this country. Even along the highway, E6, we see them. The troll presence is so obvious that they even sell troll figures in souvenir shops in Norway.
Last summer saw some small ones that could be related to the trolls from Disney’s Frozen.
This was why I was really surprised to find out that trolls are leaving traces of existence in the states as well. I was four months in Arizona last year, and the first time my suspicion was awaken was on a trip to Ramsey Canyon, near the Mexican boarder. First a troll head pops up beside the trail.
…then I see this Budda-like figure.
On another trip to Chirichaua national monument, in the Southwestern corner of Arizona, this head of on an old troll crone is suddenly beside the trail.
Chirichaua national monument is actually famous for its rocks, and it is also called “a wonderland of rocks”, though I think that it is actually some kind of center for trolls and giants. Below I have documented walking through the passage of the conversing petrified giants.
Then there was the twin-head rock….
…And the frog rocks. I wonder whether it may be some kind of subspecies of troll, where trolls have frog-shaped heads…
Another one that I have been thinking a lot about was the this one. It is certainly a sailor-troll, but what is he doing surrounded by and in the middle of the desert?
Another random event was an encounter with an elf or pixie troll in California, Joshua tree national park.
It could off-cause also just be me and my crazy imagination. Or they could be following me. By coincidence, and only because we wanted an opportunity to see the midnight sun in Northern Norway this summer, we decided to go the island Senja. Apparently this is some kind of Mecca for trolls. All the mountains on Senja is troll-related, and there is a troll legend behind most of the places.
Even when we did see the midnight sun, it was with Trælen in the background. My interpretation of the name is The Thrall, though I’m not an expert on Norwegian dialects.
And surprisingly, the worlds biggest troll is found on Senja. It is in a huldre and trollpark called Senjatrollet. We had to go see what was in it.
I could also be under the influence of working too much in Hjerkinn, Dovre mountains. This is where the movie Trollhunter was filmed. Anyway I’m entertained:)