The blog challenge is close to the end, but I am proud I actually managed to follow it, and it did give me some insights both to my own theme and reading other bloggers. As I have been reading the folktales where trolls are present, it has been more and more clear to me certain aspects that I have not read about in other sources, one of these things is that the folktales through using trolls also portrays a conflict between generations.
The hero of the folktales is always the youngest, the youngest brother or sister in a family. The researcher Marit Akero says that they represents the hope. They bring with them a number of qualities that one can say the hope need. They are open for anything and anyone, curious, eager and able to receive help. Interesting is the connection between curious and cure.
The trolls are old, really old. They are at least 300 hundred years when you meet them in the folktales. They have long noses, one of the few things that continues grow as we are getting older. Often old age are associated with wisdom, and you find this in the folktales too, but the trolls are passed that. It’s like troll represents norms, habits that are petrified. And the only thing that can change this is destruction, so that change and new hope can appear.