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Trolls : an unnatural history

Author: John Lindow
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 wider reach: it is the word for the homeless in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lindow
ISBN: 9781780232898 1780232896
OCLC Number: 868082704
Description: 160 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The earliest trolls --
Medieval trolls --
Folklore trolls --
Fairy-tale trolls and trolls illustrated --
Trolls in literature --
Trolls, children, marketing and whimsy.
Responsibility: John Lindow.


Trolls: An Unnatural History explores the long history of trolls, and the continuing fascination held for the creatures today, from folk tales to the Moomins, Nordic traditions to contemporary TV,  Read more...
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With the erudition and wit we have come to expect of his scholarship, Professor Lindow takes the reader on a journey into the complex processes that inform literature and lore and modern commercial Read more...

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