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Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

Swedish children book writer and illustrator. I only know of one troll drawing from her, from one of her books about a tiny family living in the forest, the Tomteborna. Here the children run away after encountering a mountain troll:


Read more about her here.

Mogens Zieler (1905-1983)

Danish painter, famous for his simple style and esp. his cats but he was also a good and original troll painter as the two pictures below show. His work can be found in Horsens Art Museum in Denmark.



William Heinesen (1900-1991)

Faroese novelist and painter

(From "Tröllabarsilið", 1929 - trolls celebrating a troll child birth)

(Vakurleikin og beistið, 1953) - Beauty and the Beast

Rolf Lidberg (1925?-2005)

The last great Scandinavian troll painter Rolf Lidberg died Februari 2005, 74 years old. He was an expert of Swedish orchids and guided many botanical walks in Sweden and also produced watercolour illustrations of Swedish flora, but is probably most well-known for his funny trolls that did more or less the same as people in those parts of the world, they just lived longer (say 500 years), in complete harmony with nature and had tails and longer ears and bigger noses. His paintings were lighter than John Bauer's, both in technique and subject-matter, but the influence is obvious. The photo of Lidberg painting flowers is copyright Hjördis Lundmark.

Two alterego trolls:

A skiing troll:

And finally a cover from his story Trollromans about two trolls getting married and having a little troll baby:
Lidberg Trollromans book cover

Elizabeth Nyman


(from "Troll" by Ebbe Schön, 1997)

Contemporary Swedish illustrator

As the pictures above show, Nyman has succeeded in freeing herself of Bauer's overshadowing influence by making trolls more animal-like but thereby also less analogous to humans.

Niels Hansen-Jacobsen (1861-1941)


("Troll Scenting Christian Blood" from 1896)

Danish sculptor occupied with the Underworld, rather seen in biblical than folklore terms. World famous in the small Jutland town of Vejen.

L. Mahler - Krølle Bølle

A famous Danish troll, Krølle Bølle, from the Danish island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, drawn and written by a L. Mahler. The text next to the picture is a curse, Krølle Bølle learns from his father, the Troll King, and that he uses to protect himself whenever he is in danger - until he, unfortunately, runs into a deaf person who doesn't like his manners... The big smoked herring is the national dish of the island by the way! Bornholm also has many traditional troll stories.


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