You might think that I will write about how Norwegian folktales opens? No! In 90% of the cases, Norwegian folktales opens with: Once upon there was….”, if not, they opens with ”There was”.
I will write shortly about an a session I am going to have next week. Half of my life I work at Oslo and Akershus university college of applied sciences, and when you are academic staff or teaching staff at a university you usual have a research part in your position. And once a year you have present what you are doing with these hours you are given for researching. Most of my work is concerning artistic research, but this it is different. Actually the last four years have been different as I am parttaking in my second European project on storytelling. This project is called TALES, so I will talk about that. BUT I will open by saying that what I really would like to talk about is trolls.
I will probably say something like this:
What I really wanted to talk about is troll. Yes troll, these beings who comes from the folkloric depth. Those who have three heads, or six or nine heads, or they have the head under the arm, they have noses they entwine around their body and the troll hags have breasts that they throw over their shoulders when they hunt you. Troll, which is the place where the community plants their frustration, their aggression and that are giving the community a feeling of mastery because troll are always conquered.