Can You See the Troll?

Troll Turned into Rock Norway

This troll has been exposed to direct sunlight and has turned into stone. (Photo: Terese Agnete Johansen / Facebook – click to enlarge)

– Ever since I was a child I have looked up the hillside and imagined that I see a troll at Prestøra in the Reinøya Island, says Terese Agnete Johansen to NRK Nordland.

Now, she finally has got a picture of the troll she glimpsed through the school bus window.

– Recently I went for a hike and brought a telephoto lens. Finally I got a picture of the stone, and then I saw that it actually is a troll, she says.

The stone formation is natural and is located on a mountainside on Prestøra in Troms County. Johansen took the photo from the road and says she has cropped the image so that the troll can be seen clearly.

Jotner and Trolls

The jotne, later also called troll – is a gigantic creature in Norse mythology living in Utgard and Jotunheim. These giants are in some contexts the Aesir’s (most of the Norse gods) enemies, in other contexts their sexual partners.

Many jotner are in possession of great wisdom, such as Vavtrudne, which competes with the major god Odin in knowledge. The battle between the jotner and Thor, the jotner’s most dangerous opponent among the Aesirs, is a major motif in Norse myths.

Supernatural beings like trolls also have a long tradition in Nordic folklore. They are often described as gigantic, evil and stupid creatures that dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, living together in small family units.

Trolls live far from human habitation and can smell “a Christian man’s blood”. They are considered very dangerous to humans but turn into stone if they are exposed to direct sunlight.

The Troll Hunter Mockumentary

The Troll Hunter (Norwegian: Trolljegeren) is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a “found footage” mockumentary.

The Troll Hunter received four European film awards in 2011.

You can watch some “real” Norwegian trolls in the official trailer:


Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews

Sources: NRK Nordnytt, Wikipedia


Categories: Culture, History, Nature, Northern Norway, Travel

6 replies

  1. That film looks hilarious! 🙂 That stone formation is great, it really does look like a stone troll sitting there.

  2. I have seen the Troll Hunter movie on a rainy-ish evening in London, years ago, at an improvised outdoor screening inside Somerset House… trying to keep my sleeping bag dry made it all more atmospheric, but I can’t say I would recommend it… ! haha.

    • Hi Lau, and thank you for your comment!

      Really? ThorNews certainly can recommend the Troll Hunter movie: We enjoyed every second and understand why it was a success in Norway and the UK.

      And please keep on reading ThorNews. TROLL!!! 🙂

  3. I shared this on my author FB page; I have written a series of shorts about Grog the Troll, and now you’ve gone and found a photo of him!
    –The Ninja Librarian

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