Trolls: An Unnatural History (2020)

Trolls: An Unnatural History John Lindow Trolls An Unnatural History Trolls lurk under bridges waiting to eat children threaten hobbits in Middle Earth and invade the dungeons of Hogwarts Often they are depicted as stupid slow and ugly creatures but they also appe
  • Title: Trolls: An Unnatural History
  • Author: John Lindow
  • ISBN: 9781780232898
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
Trolls: An Unnatural History John Lindow Trolls lurk under bridges waiting to eat children, threaten hobbits in Middle Earth, and invade the dungeons of Hogwarts Often they are depicted as stupid, slow, and ugly creatures, but they also appear as comforting characters in some children s stories or as plastic dolls with bright, fuzzy hair Today, the name of this fantastic being from Scandinavia has found a widerTrolls lurk under bridges waiting to eat children, threaten hobbits in Middle Earth, and invade the dungeons of Hogwarts Often they are depicted as stupid, slow, and ugly creatures, but they also appear as comforting characters in some children s stories or as plastic dolls with bright, fuzzy hair Today, the name of this fantastic being from Scandinavia has found a wider reach it is the word for the homeless in California and slang for the antagonizing and sometimes cruel people on the Internet But how did trolls go from folktales to the World Wide Web To explain why trolls still hold our interest, John Lindow goes back to their first appearances in Scandinavian folklore, where they were beings in nature living beside a preindustrial society of small scale farming and fishing He explores reports of actual encounters with trolls meetings others found plausible in spite of their better judgment and follows trolls natural transition from folktales to other domains in popular culture Trolls, Lindow argues, would not continue to appeal to our imaginations today if they had not made the jump to illustrations in Nordic books and Scandinavian literature and drama From the Moomins to Brothers Grimm and Three Billy Goats Gruff to cartoons, fantasy novels, and social media, Lindow considers the panoply of trolls that surround us and their sometimes troubling connotations in the contemporary world Taking readers into Norwegian music and film and even Yahoo Finance chat rooms, Trolls is a fun and fascinating book about these strange creatures.
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  1. Chris

    I picked this up because of the illustration by Bauer on the cover Lindow s book is a survey of trolls and their place in Scandinavian folklore and literature It is not in depth, but it is worth reading What makes the book interesting is the discussion of the idea of trolls and where the idea came from Lindow suggests that the word was used to denote the other including Inuit tribes that the Scandinavians came into connect with This is a particularly interesting idea that seems to have legs, and [...]

  2. Helen Gauperaa

    I have mixed feelings about this book but perhaps that is very much in line with Lindow s analysis of trolls.I found the book to be informative and somewhat entertaining, and certainly a good jump off point to find out about trolls, with a comprehensive reference list at the back.There was clear definition between legend and fairy tale, which I found helpful, and the evolution of trolls from Viking saga through to present day usage If you want an enthralling read I d not recommend this especial [...]

  3. Steve Cran

    TrollsNever before have I seen a book on the history of trolls, but here you finally have it Trolls are part of the Scandinavian landscape and people seriously believe in them Tell someone you saw a troll and not only will they not think you are nuts but they will believe you Of course if your in the cultural milieu tricks of the eye can be interpreted as seeing a mystical creature like a troll First mentioned in Norwegian Vikiung Poetry a brave warrior runs into a female troll Troll have a conn [...]

  4. Melitta Jackson (bitterlyfun)

    This reads like a lecture Would be a really interesting college class, but a bit hard for me to get into I want to keep reading it s just taking a bit to get motivated.

  5. C

    _Trolls An Unnatural History_ by John Lindow is a very enjoyable and relatively short book to read It is all about trolls, as they appear in mythology, epic poems, legends, fairy tales, etc Overall, I liked the book a lot so much that I intend to buy some of the author s other books However, it is a bit difficult to describe in a review, as the tone jumps a bit between chapters The Introduction is pretty dry in tone, and discusses trolls as the etymology of the word appears in various languages [...]

  6. Cassiopeia's Moon

    I read this book for a course at the university.It was a good book to start with and gave an overview of the subject of trolls You get the history, stories and how they ve influenced today.The only few things that bothered me was 1 me not being able to read the Icelandic names and 2 the author being not from one of the Nordic countries.It feels like I should explain the second part view spoiler Since I m reading about Scandinavian trolls and they are such a great part of its folk belief system i [...]

  7. Elizabeth Judd Taylor

    An entertaining and informative history of trolls in folklore, mythology, and pop culture.

  8. Kate Elliott

    Don t let the cover fool you this is actually a pretty good thematic academic history Loops in both folktale sources and modern pop culture.

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