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Monday, October 01, 2012

Troll Art

I suppose we all heard about trolls, but for those among you who don't really know what it is, the dictionary describes it as follows: A supernatural creature of Scandinavian folklore, variously portrayed as a friendly or mischievous dwarf or as a giant, that lives in caves, in the hills, or under bridges, but they are also associated with bringing luck.

Troll art usually limits itself to paintings and drawings and their appearance is mostly left up to our imagination.

There is some other art though where trolls are concerned: dolls. Most of us may have owned a troll doll in the 1960s when they became extremely popular and were the second biggest selling dolls after Barbie.

Due to mass-production of cheap troll dolls by other manufacturers, their popularity declined after 1966 and the trolls pretty much disappeared in the background until 1989 when it picked back up and they could be found again in practically any toy and gift shop.

Nowadays, troll art goes way beyond paintings, drawings and dolls. Some like to have a larger then life troll in their backyard, made out of paper maché, wood or other materials, while others enjoy displaying them as nail art for instance.

Personally, I still enjoy those cute, vinyl troll dolls from the sixties which I grew up with. Yeah, that is definitely nostalgia speaking!

See also:
Troll History
Another Form Of Trolls
Materials For Troll Art

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