No one would notice today.
It was a pretty nice morning walk today despite that it was a bit on the chilly side. The sun shone, the birds sand and the frost slowly melted away from the plants around us. Not even the weakest breath of wind made it even better. We walked, like always, down to the creek and this time we walked upstream. The ground is so dry now that every twig one walks on snaps like it was a fire cracker and by the sound of it many were out walking in the forest this morning. One time it sounded like a big branch broke and I guess it was a moose walking around somewhere but the morning was magical so I assumed it was a troll 🙂 🙂
We have a slightly, well rather big different view on Trolls here in Scandinavia than in many other countries. Oh yes, they can be big and nasty, they can kidnap humans to use as slaves and it happens that some of them grow up with humans because their mothers have swapped them for a human child. They do this because it’s said that they are a dying breed that needs new blood (read genetic material) to keep on surviving. But if one suspect that one has a changeling it’s easy to get the real baby back, just threaten the changeling with spanking and the troll mother will turn up with the real baby because she loves her own child so much that she never would allow it to get spanked.
But most of them are just like us, get married, start families, have homes and cattle and so on. Many of them are good neighbors that help others when needed and get helped when needed too. They are perhaps a bit more ugly than humans but as Young they can be extremely beautiful and they also have a tails and become much older than we do. Their tails are a sensitive issue though, they do tend to hide it amongst humans and if one would see a young troll lady at a dance and notice her tail somewhere, just politely tell her that she is dropping something, like a sock or something similar and she will be forever grateful. But if You bluntly say You can see her tail she will be embarrassed and try to avenge until she is successful.
Some, however are anything but nice to have as neighbors, stealing is the most common thing they do. But by making the sign of the cross above anything one made, like bread keeps them away. Also steel is a powerful anti troll thing. Place a steel knife under the threshold of the entrance door and they won’t be able to walk indoors. Some trolls have hats of invisibility so those who has often goes in to parties and eat as much food as they can so the real visitors never get the chance to eat enough for themselves.
There are of course the big mountain trolls up in the Scandinavian mountains that are more nasty but they are very rare and are most likely more related to the giants that lives there. The forest trolls around here are more related to humans though. Today it would most likely be impossible to recognise a troll amongst us, it could just as well be someone who likes piercing a lot 🙂 Now days they surgically makes it possible to put antlers on our heads ao who would react if they saw someone with a tail?
Have a great day!