[SCA-AE] The use of "Troll"
taranach at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 19:30:52 EST 2007
<sniff... sniff> But I thought *I* was your troll.... <big ugly trollish
pout> and what do you mean you haven't seen a single person.... am I not the
"Wedding troll" anymore?!?!
Oh thou wicked cruel Viking... trolls represent the remains of the
forefather-cult which was ubiquitous in Scandinavia until the introduction
of Christianity in the 10th and 11th centuries. In this cult the forefathers
were worshiped in sacred groves, by altars or by grave mounds. One of the
customs associated with this practice was to sit on top of a grave mound at
night, possibly in order to make contact with the deceased. With the
introduction of Christianity however, the religious elite sought to demonize
the pagan cult, and denounced the forefathers as evil. For instance,
according to Magnus Håkonsen's laws from 1276 it is illegal to attempt to
wake the "mound-dwellers". It is in these laws that the word troll appears
for the first time.
Not to mention, I think I sing quite heartily (if not well) especially those
ancient yuletide carols... <EG>
troll 1 (trl)*v.* *trolled*, *troll·ing*, *trolls*
*v.**tr.** 1. **a. * To fish for by trailing a baited line from behind a
slowly moving boat.
*b. * To fish in by trailing a baited line: troll the lake for bass.
*c. * To trail (a baited line) in fishing.
*2. * *Slang* To patrol (an area) in search for someone or something: "
[Criminals] troll bus stations for young runaways" Pete Axthelm.
*3. * *Music * *a. * To sing in succession the parts of (a round, for
*b. * To sing heartily: troll a carol.
*4. * To roll or revolve.
*v.**intr.**1. * To fish by trailing a line, as from a moving boat.
*2. * *a. * To wander about; ramble.
*b. * *Slang* To patrol an area in search for someone or something.
*3. * *Music* To sing heartily or gaily.
*4. * To roll or spin around.
*n.**1. **a. * The act of trolling for fish.
*b. * A lure, such as a spoon or spinner, that is used for trolling.
*2. * *Music* A vocal composition in successive parts; a round.
On Dec 17, 2007 6:59 PM, Alaxandair O'Conchobhair <alaxandair at gmail.com>
> I would presume many of us associate Troll as the creature of legend
> or fairy tale, whom you payed to use the bridge to cross the water.
> In the SCA we get the opportunity to live that little piece of the
> fairy tale, by paying the troll to get into the event.
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