Why Do Trolls Hate Christians? - Troll Hunter

If you’ve recently watched the epic Norwegian ‘Found Footage’ mockumentary movie ‘Troll Hunter’, amongst other things, you may have been left wondering as to why Trolls have a specific dislike for Christians. Because as seen in Troll Hunter, the smell of a Christian to a troll is like a red rag to a bull, driving the troll into an enraged frenzy.

Why Do Trolls Hate Christians?

The answer to this question is elusive, but the belief that trolls do indeed hate Christians is a long running one. Entrenched deep within Norse mythology. Found within many fairy tales, especially those of ‘Asbjørnsen, and Moe’, a teacher, and a minister, who together collected and published Norwegian folktales, are numerous references to this fact.

"Ugh! Ugh! Here I smell the blood of a Christian man!" - Excerpt from ‘Soria Moria Castle’.
Excerpt from the Danish Ballad of Eline of Villenskov:
"There were seven and a hundred Trolls,
They were both ugly and grim,
A visit they would the farmer make,
Both eat and drink with him.
Out then spake the tiniest Troll,
No bigger than an emmet was he,
Hither is come a Christian man,
And manage him will I surelie..."
And then there is the ‘Trold, der vejrer kristenblod’, which translates as ‘Troll that smells Christian blood’. A controversial sculpture (in some circles) that was created by ‘Niels Hansen Jacobsen’ between 1895-96, that shows a troll on the hunt for the blood of Christian men.
But Why Do Trolls Dislike Christians So Much?

While there is no definitive answer, it is generally believed that the reason trolls are said to despise Christian men so, is due to the fact that prior to the rise of Christianity in Norway, troll, were said to have been worshipped, like Pagan-Gods, by the Norwegians. And as more people adopted Christianity as their religion, people turned away from, and even against the trolls. Forcing them to hide away within the forests and mountain ranges. Something that ultimately led to the animosity towards Christians that troll are said to exhibit when in close proximity to them.
However, it seems likely that the ‘Demonisation’ of troll, as with the spirit Gods, and paranormal Deities of many other Pagan-esque religions, was a deliberate act on the part of those responsible for the spread of Christianity. In an attempt to turn their countrymen away from their ‘primitive’ religions, and through fear, bring them into the Christian ‘flock’. Because as with the Demon of Christianity, in addition to fear being instilled against the troll by the Christian religion, it was also taught that, as with Demon, and vampire, etc. that Jesus was the savior against such entities. And that crucifixes, and other religious trinkets, and/or even the mention of the name ‘Jesus’, held power over the troll. Protecting all good Christians against the (previously worshipped) trolls violent bloodlust, and wrath.

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7 comments:

  1. This is so brilliant that I almost cried. I surely derive some sort of twisted pleasure from troll teasing from afar.

    I point out some failure of logic within the new atheist movements, and saliva hits the back sides of my monitor from places all over the globe.

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  2. A few things pop to mind here. One, didn't the giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk" say something about smelling the blood of a christian man, also? Irrelevant I guess, but this made me remember it. I wonder if trolls and giants might be related? Two, I recently went to Bermuda, (had I not, Im not sure I would have noticed this as I never really thought much about trolls) but they had stuff everywhere about trolls. And while Im mostly sure it was to make us stupid american tourists buy really ugly and over priced lawn ornaments, there was littered about some very interesting troll information. For example, in Bermuda, trolls are good luck and if you ever see one you can consider yourself blessed for life. They are good natured, benign, and fun loving. Unfortunately, people who judge by appearances, and are afraid of things they dont know, figure such an "ugly" thing must be evil.

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    1. HAHA I was just talking of that - fe, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an ENglishman. (not christian) and yes, the Giant IS a Troll, but the reader is never told. I assume 'back in the day' everybody just understood that the super giants were Trolls.

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  3. wow thanks for explaining ! your awesome way of expressing your opinions about trolls hating Christians seems logic indeed!

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  4. GOD is awesome!

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  5. maybe the pegans just countered what we did remember the reason why satan is always depicted as a half man half goat like creature was because of the pegan god pan the original creature that was depicted like that early christians used that way to scare people away from peganism I come on the bible didn't even illustrate a creature like that lol

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  6. This is a very interesting theory, and I believe it does have some truth to it. The bible does mention giants, such as Golieth, who was defeated by king David. I believe that the giant is the same thing as the troll, or of a close kin. It is very hard to explain, but I watched a documentary about unicorns and satyr being in the bible. Turns out that the word unicorn or unicornous means rhinoceros in the Hebrew bible and satyr means goat, so it could be quite possible that the word troll could be the same as giant.

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