9781780232898-1780232896-Trolls: An Unnatural History

Trolls: An Unnatural History

ISBN-13: 9781780232898
ISBN-10: 1780232896
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Lindow, John
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Format: Hardcover 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781780232898
ISBN-10: 1780232896
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Lindow, John
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Format: Hardcover 160 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Lindow, John wrote Trolls: An Unnatural History comprising 160 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1780232896 and 9781780232898. Since then Trolls: An Unnatural History textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Trolls lurk under bridges waiting to eat children, threaten hobbits in Middle-Earth, and invade the dungeons of Hogwarts. Often they are depicted as stupid, slow, and ugly creatures, but they also appear as comforting characters in some children’s stories or as plastic dolls with bright, fuzzy hair. Today, the name of this fantastic being from Scandinavia has found a wider reach: it is the word for the homeless in California and slang for the antagonizing and sometimes cruel people on the Internet. But how did trolls go from folktales to the World Wide Web?

To explain why trolls still hold our interest, John Lindow goes back to their first appearances in Scandinavian folklore, where they were beings in nature living beside a preindustrial society of small-scale farming and fishing. He explores reports of actual encounters with trolls―meetings others found plausible in spite of their better judgment―and follows trolls’ natural transition from folktales to other domains in popular culture. Trolls, Lindow argues, would not continue to appeal to our imaginations today if they had not made the jump to illustrations in Nordic books and Scandinavian literature and drama. From the Moomins to Brothers Grimm and Three Billy Goats Gruff to cartoons, fantasy novels, and social media, Lindow considers the panoply of trolls that surround us and their sometimes troubling connotations in the contemporary world.

Taking readers into Norwegian music and film and even Yahoo Finance chat rooms, Trolls is a fun and fascinating book about these strange creatures.

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