Here are some facts I leant from TrollHunter, a new Norwegian pseudo-documentary which busts the myths on the gnarly-looking fairytale creatures:
- Thyme and ultraviolet light repels trolls;
- Trolls aren’t fans of Christianity;
- The two main breeds of troll are ‘woodland’ and ‘mountain’. Sub-species include ‘ringlefinch’, ‘tosserlad’, ‘jontar’, and one that resembles Ozzy Osbourne;
- A troll’s diet includes sheep, cows and other assorted livestock, as well as concrete and charcoal;
- Trolls are mammals;
- Female trolls have a gestation period of between 10 and 15 years, and they bear only one child;
- Trolls cannot be seen from satellite pictures;
- Electricity powerlines across the Norwegian countryside are in fact fences to keep trolls within their respective territories;
- When trolls expire, they either turn to stone or explode; and
- TrollHunter is a wild, brilliantly original twist on the monster movie that puts a different spin on the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ folktale.
Trollhunter (2011), directed by André Øvreda, is distributed in the UK by Momentum Pictures, certificate 15.