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The significance of trolls in Norway

Trolls are usually used for a kind of supernatural primordial being, but can also be a term for a person with special characteristics. Trolls occur in legends, fairy tales, legends, and folklore. Usually, trolls are identified as a type of character with character traits such as giant, naughty, creepy and nasty – almost like a kind of monster or monster. But in other cases, trolls can be seen as dwarf-like creatures; it is not uncommon to talk about trolls. The traits are that all trolls are anti-social, they act in the murk and darkness of the night, and they have no particular gender affiliation.

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In older Scandinavian legal material, trolls are described as a being not to be in contact with. For example, the oldest Norwegian Christian laws of the 11th and 11th centuries contain a clear prohibition on contacting and seeking knowledge from trolls. And in Norway’s first national law of 1276, contacting the troll was perceived as a very serious offense which resulted in the most severe punishment of the law.
During the persecution of people accused of magical activity in Scandinavia in the 16th and 16th centuries, the crime they allegedly committed was described as witchcraft.
The trolls also relate to other giants from myths in other cultures, such as the one-eyed Cyclops of Greek legends. Just as the Cyclops threw large stones at Odysseus and his men, the trolls also threw stones, for example at churches. This is how the trolls left traces in the terrain, which has been used as “proof” of the existence of the trolls.

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