Mythological Creatures: Troll

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Trolls have played a major role in Norse mythology. They are supernatural beings who are known for their troublesome ways - but also by the environments which they associate themselves. Often times, trolls can be found in nature amongst the mountains and rocks. Their appearances differ depending on the region where they realm. In some instances they are described to be as big as giants. In others, they are viewed as human-like while being slightly more fiendish. They are not known for being very intelligent. Trolls are persistent creatures and it takes a lot to rid the earth of them...

In fact, it is said that a troll is able to regenerate parts of its body when they are hacked away. However, they are unable to survive when they are burned alive. Unlike giants and cyclopes, trolls do not have a specific meal that they eat or drawn to. In actuality, they will eat anything from metals to plants to rocks. They do not often make a meal out of flesh - as other supernatural creatures do. When a troll feels as though it is in danger, it will regurgitate the contents of its stomach onto the threat. Although a troll may feel threatened by a human, they are not likely to eat the human. Rather, they find it pleasing to play tricks on the human for a good laugh amongst the rest of the troll family. In some depictions of trolls, they are seen to be very hairy and have large arms and ears. They are often associated with aboriginal-like families and lifestyles. They are thought to be descendent of the Jotun, who would be considered the Norse version of the Greek titan gods and goddesses.Moreover, the trolls are one of the only races in all of Norse mythology that are no longer interested in participating in wars against the Vanir and Aesir gods and goddesses.