Today is the start of Lifecruiser‘s Halloween celebration for all bloggers where we’re partying until a big crescendo at the 31st of October. Click on the scary poster to see the schedule and play along:

Lifecruiser's Halloween Party

Today we’re suppose to share a oddly ghost story and that is a big challenge to me as I don’t believe in ghosts :-) I have therefore been thinking of how I could contribute and finally found it in the inner of the Norwegian soul – as I always have to do it my way: The Troll of course:
Norwegian Troll

This pic is borrowed from Wikipedia – click to read and see more about Norwegian Troll: ‘Nordic literature, art and music from the romantic era and onwards has adapted trolls in various manners – often in the form of an aboriginal race, endowed with oversized ears and noses. From here, as well as from Scandinavian fairy tales such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, trolls have achieved international recognition, and in modern fantasy literature and role-playing games, trolls are featured to the extent of being stock characters.

My scariest Troll experience was with the one who lived in a small lake in our neighborhood. I never saw the whole body, but the head was big and looked like an old, rotten stump or root. Rotten branches was it’s hair, it had only one big eye (could easily see in the dark and especially small children!) and just a few but big rotten teeth. Some also call it Nix or Neck – to me it was from the same family and scary just the same. One of my grandfathers uncle had even painted the head of the Troll and it hang on the wall in the bathroom at his farm by the lake. When I was little, granny had to sit outside the door if i very seldom had to go there :-)
Some may say it was damnably or ugly of the adults to make up this story. Looking back now, I can laugh about it and actually see the reason why. I was a very rebellion child and how else could they prevent me to go to the lake alone and drown? You see, I was never afraid to go to the lake holding an adults hand!

The Southern Cross Award
And when I’m at it – about things that are good in life I mean and nice things to share among bloggers: I felt so honored when getting this award from laketrees at PoeRTica the other day. I pass it on in a special way, to all my blogger friends on my blogroll as its hard to chose and I actually think they all deserve some link love too :-)
I’ve got this award from Colin Richards too. Please read his post here!


  1. I am glad that you did the type of post that suited you. I liked the troll picture.

    Thank you for saying so – I like to follow the theme of my blog you know :-)

  2. The first time I saw an albino was at the same time I saw someone who got axed on the face. His blood was dripping all over his face and body, but he was still standing, and went into the jeepney my mother and I were in.
    I was 3 or 4 years old I think. Ever since, and even now that I know better, I would always associate an albino with a scarry, almost petrifying feeling coming over me…same as that day I saw that bloody man followed by an albino. Unfair I know, but it’s a gut reaction.

    Your story sound very scary too and I do understand how you feel and react to this later on.

  3. I remember when a relative told my son that there were monsters in the trees, so that he wouldn’t run off and leave us. I can understand the logic now, even though he had bad dreams for a while, he listens a lot better. That is neat to know that trolls originated in Norway. :-@

    I have a mixed feeling about scaring children too, but you see Troll is a part of our story traditions and fairytale and kind of exciting too.
    I’m glad you finally got to know the homeland of Trolls then :-@

  4. I love the Norwegian troll stories. My husband has some from his time in Norway and we found another while visiting this summer. Halloween seems like a perfect time for the trolls to come out!

    Hope you bought some Troll fairytale story books to read for your children when you came back from your visit to Norway then! For Halloween yes of course, but actually for all seasons I think.

  5. Ah, yes, the trolls! Perfect for this post. I love all the drawings of the trolls – especially the ones of John Bauer, they are just boooootiful.

    We have them here too, so that we have in common again :-)

    Glad you liked it Captain and I do agree with you.
    I know, as good neighbors, Norwegians gladly share Trolls with you Swede.

  6. Such a wonderful picture of the trolls Renny….I can understand why you were frightened of them…… :0
    thank you for writing about my award too…..(hugs)
    have a lovely week…….. :-X

    Glad you like it…. remember its a mixed feeling of frightened and excitements :o
    I say; thanks for giving me this award.. (hugs)

  7. I read your lovely love story. So wonderful!!! The love you have for your wife just comes through on the page. It is so great you found each other. I love to hear a man speak of such love for his wife.

    So very sorry to hear of her Mothers illness. It is never easy in that situation. Mark and I both send sympathy .

    And thank you for your e-mails. I always enjoy reading them.

    Your country is just so beautiful it is breathtaking. You really do seem to enjoy the glory of your home land. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and stories! Please continue!!

    Mark is looking for another job so his posts are suffering. But don’t give up checking in on them. He needs to find something where he can use his skills and talents.
    Have a great week !!!!

    Glad you liked the Love Story post too – I do love her you know:-)
    Thanks for your kind words and warm thoughts – Diane reads it too of course!
    Thanks also for your compliments. I do enjoy Norway and love to share it with you all and all this great feedback encourage to continue of course!
    I do wish Mark the very best and good luck and hope he find inspiration in blogging too.
    Wish you a great one too !!!!

  8. What a “trolling” story Renny. It was good your grandpa did frighten you with the Trolls, else you sure had be taken by “nøkken” – the “Watertroll” in the lake.
    Z U Soon

    Thanks and I guess you’ve heard some good trolling stories too!
    Looking forward to the coming weekend – Yea!

  9. I have three trolls I bought in Rome. I did not know that Trolls were Norwegian. We love them. Right now they are stored in a box but will soon reappear!

    I know they now can be bought all around the world now, but glad you now know the originate. Whats our: they might pop out self reappeared any time!

  10. I like these little buddies…! :-)
    They don’t look scary at all for me.

    I knew you would like them and you have a good point: you got to kind of like them too :-)

  11. How fun!
    Oh my goodness, is Halloween that close? Crap, I have to get the kids’ costumes together….

    Glad I could warn you then – Halloween is soon here and watch for Trolls :-)

  12. Wow, seems like this scaring-children-off-via-their-wild-imaginings is a universal thing. No wonder we also have lots of these monster characters, ranging from infant eating half-body flying witch, to people morphing into giant wolfs to tobacco-smoking giants! I guess, as you pointed out, that’s one way for our ancestors to “control” their kids from wandering far off to forests/fields teeming with wild animals and snakes.

    Interesting observation and I do agree with you. That’s why Trolls are so useful as they can typify whatever the ancestors need to ‘control’.

  13. what a wonderful childhood story! i can just imagine your trepidation to enter the lake. interesting to know trolls are the scary norwegian haunts. every culture has its own set of scary figures!

    I knew you would like it Lime:-) and glad you now know where Trolls now comes from.

  14. Hi Ooooowww
    Not for me those squary photo’s I really am afraid for witches/ghost’s yakky but the storie you wrote again is great!!!!!

    I hope you don’t mind but me doing this, I tagged your blog, so more people will visit you than also (i Hope)You have a very great blog so therefore I tagged you! Read the rules on my blog post!
    So Good luck !!:)
    With greetings from JoAnn

    I do understand your reaction but glad you liked the story anyway!
    Thanks for tagging me, that was very sweet of you!

  15. but you really saw the head? i haven’t seen ghosts nor any kind of creatures.. i think :)

    But of course I saw the head….. or maybe not… It’s a long time ago.. and you might have seen it too – if you think back hard :)

  16. I adore Trolls stories! I imagine you when you were a kid!!! Really, I’d like to meet a troll! Now I’m sure I will do a fantastical dream with full of trolls!!!

    Interesting attitude Claudie as you got the idea about the mixed feeling about Troll – a kind of Love and Hate relationship – they are cute to you know!

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  18. up until the 80’s older people used to scare kids too when they misbehave. good thing my mum didn’t do that to me before. now, when nannies tell kids that a ghost will get them, they simply say that they don’t believe them. heheh, smart kids. :D

    I see your point. My parents normally did not scared me for misbehaving, only to prevent me for doing something danger to myself.

  19. Ghostly stories, trolls, demons…anyone would think Halloween is coming up! According to fey people, October 31 is when the veil between this world and the next is very thin and that is way “Things” are seen. We don’t really celebrate Halloween as such here, although it is gaining in popularity, especially in urban neighbourhoods. We’re semi rural and I can’t seen parents allowing their kids trick or treating on a long, dark and lonely road.

    Anyway, you have a wonderful time on your Lifecruiser trip,

    I think our experience from Halloween in Norway is pretty much like yours down under.

  20. I actually do believe in ghosts and that some, not all people, can see them. Funny how the trolls back in the 80’s here were all over the place as toys, pencil tops, key chains etc. and were quite friendly and cute.

    You might have a good point there Ruth!
    Thats part of my experience with Troll too as they can be cute and kind of nice and a lot of children have them as pets.

  21. Care to share your scare?

    Sorry, not tonight Captain – but I announced our Party in my last post :-)

  22. I have mixed feelings about Halloween: it’s not part of my tradition, I love new traditions, scary things are not my favorite ones!!! bwaaaahhhhh
    Congrats on your award!!! I have seen it and particularly like it because I grew up watching the Southern cross :) So I will allow myself to grab this award and I will display it among my buttons, thank you, amigo!

    Halloween celebration is quite new to me too and I’ll post about it in the weekend – I love scaring things thought; like harmless Trolls :-)
    Thanks and of course your welcome to grab it too – so well deserved Mar!

  23. I’m not a big fan of Halloween. Gord and I are the meanies who go see a movie until the trick or treaters are gone :)

    Hmmm, that was interesting – I thought it was compulsory for Canadians too :)

  24. Hi Renny, it’s been a while since I visited your terella. Always a treat! Your troll picture is by the Swedish artist John Bauer, as I believe somebody else points out in the above comments. One of my art idols!

  25. That’s a nice picture of trolls and I didn’t know they originated from Norway. When I was a kid, I used to read tales of trolls from the books I borrowed from the library. They sounded mean and fearsome. Now they can be bought!?
    *scribbles that down, must buy when I see one*

  26. I like these trolls. A very nostalgic comfort in this picture which reminds me of the Dark Crystal movie. I wish i know about the use of troll stories to keep children close to the adults. It could’ve been handy when my son was a runaway toddler. ;D

  27. Oh so very cool of a halloween story. And you didn’t even share the full moon with us yet? I sort of caught it a few hrs before it was 100% full. If I get the time tonight I will post it..

  28. I love the photo. I wasn’t aware that trolls originated in Norway either, great Halloween story Renny :-)

  29. whoahhhh!spooky and yucky pics!! nice and good choice for the party,Renny!

    Thanks Ghee and yours where great too!

  30. I’m searching for good books, preferably anthologies, with scary stories about trolls and troll-like creatures and folklore tales, something that’s not for little children but more older teens or adults….spooky and eerie….the scarier the better….can be Norwegian or Irish/ Celtic….any suggestions from you or your readers? Much appreciated!!

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