Welcome to Trollmoon.com (already online for 15 years!), a site dedicated to that most rare creature of all, the Scandinavian troll. It was last seen more than a century ago by Scandinavian artists like John Bauer, Th. Kittelsen and Louis Moe and its spirit was captured by writers and scholars like Selma Lagerlöf and Asbjørnsen and Moe. Today we only know trolls from computer games and children's books, but once it was common for farmers and shepherds to hear and see, even interact with them in their daily life. Some trolls tricked and stole while others were good and helpful neighbours whom some humans even went as far as to marry. Now the mountain trolls' calls to each other have been drowned out by forest machines and the drone of jet planes and the trolls' homes split apart by clumsy tourists and greedy farmers, but the trolls may - despite century-long prosecution by a jealous Church - still be out there somewhere where no human likes to tread, hiding beneath the moss-clad stones buried since aeons ago deep inside the forests of Scandinavia, guarding their incredible riches against human greed, the only thing they fear more than the thunder and lightning.
Or maybe, as one troll painter suggested, some people may actually be trolls! But maybe trolls never existed, maybe they were a mere product of wish-thinking, fear, pure ignorance or a remnant of pre-Christian beliefs, explaining what the Church could not explain and science was still trying to figure out. Whatever the truth is, trolls have become a valuable part of our culture, showing us how we deal with and imagine otherness'es and breathe human life into the surrounding cosmos.
This month's painting by Trollmoon.com's in-house painter: