Stacks Image 23 was created in 1998 to celebrate Scandinavian folklore, esp. the rich troll traditions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Its creator is an amateur artist and amateur folklorist who has a read a lot through the years but never enough to satisfy his appetite for understanding the realities behind folklore, namely the rich imagination of the poor (that most of us are descended from) whose original contribution to modern culture was filtered and censored by fine learned gentlemen for other purposes (poetic, to create a sense of national identity) than those of the original storytellers (a good laugh, to entertain, teach morals).
Like the Roman slaves who built the first roads of Europe that we still drive on today, the stories told by generations of anonymous storytellers struggling to survive in the forests and mountains live on via story collectors, poets, painters and today's media industry. But is it still possible to glimpse that first moment of story creation through all the layers of later times and later voices? The answer must be, only if the stories and their collective creators are taken at face value. In old rural society, when someone was taken by the trolls, it often meant that they had lost their mind. A tragic and incomprehensible event like this was thus given a poetic cloak to make sense in the very strange world that existed before science.
Stacks Image 24
This site is dedicated to a baby troll called Maya who looked like this when 3 days old.