D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls
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D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls

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In this spectacular follow-up to their beloved Book of Norse Myths, the husband-and-wife team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire explore the uncanny reaches of Norse mythology, an enchanted night-world populated by trolls of all kinds—mountain trolls, forest trolls, trolls who live underwater and trolls who live under bridges, uncouth, unkempt, unbreakable, unforgettable,...more
Hardcover, 76 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by NYR Children's Collection (first published 1972)
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Having just watched Trollhunter, I thought this would be a great place to start my troll "research." Hee! After all, it seems to me that folklore is frequently distilled down to a pretty basic level (ok, so as an adult I'm inclined to call it stereotypical) for children to consume.

Which is just what I got in this book: all the delightful basics of mountain trolls, forest trolls, trolls with a dozen heads, not to mention the trolls with 500 heads. Heh. Nicely illustrated and filled in with a qui...more
This was quite a dark book of troll tales, and one tale rolled right into another. I think it could be scary, but some of the illustrations were delightful, and all were interesting. They were done with a stone lithography technique, a early method of reproduction where every four-colour illustration use four slabs of Bavarian limestone that could weigh up to 200 pounds each. In the 1960s, this method was replaced with acetate sheets which closely replicated the briliant colours and the textures...more
Nov 03, 2009 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I learned some stuff about trolls. The more heads, the wilder and more fierce they are. They like having these heads scratched by princesses. There are troll variants (?) called hulder maidens that have tails. Don't be caught by these beautiful maidens' wiles and follow them into the hulder kingdom - instead, marry them in a church and their tails will fall off. Then they will help your fortunes by getting the gnomes to steal hay from the neighbors.

Since they depicted trolls instead of the Gree...more
A well-written, wonderfully illustrated description of each of the types of Norwegian trolls. The descriptions flow together into one long story, ranging from large mountain trolls to the beautiful hulder-maidens. My kids really got into it, and it made a great read aloud.
Anjali Williams
This D'Aulaires' book is not a long collection of stories but rather a narrative description of the different types of trolls. I especially liked the concept of "troll-splinters," which distort trolls' vision of themselves and the world, and perhaps now, they suggest, explain "people everywhere today who see things askew. What is bad looks good to them and what is wrong looks right. They do not know that they have troll-splinters in their eyes and you cannot see them. But you can be very sure th...more
Good book, not as strong as Greek myth or Norse myth but still a great title for kids.
I did not realize that this was a follow up to the Norse Myths. It is one of the books that I should have read years ago. I liked this, although it is a tiny bit dated. It seems that hulder-maiden get a soul if they marry a mortal man above ground and she lives with them. However if a guy goes to a hulder-maiden and lives with her until he dies, he loses his soul. But I think this would make a good read aloud for older kids, and a great puppet show.
There are a couple of movies coming out this month about Trolls so I wanted to be up to speed on my Trolldom. The edition I read is from 1972 which is not the one pictured above. Trolls are very complex, varied and dangerous. Beware! This is a charming book because of the illustrations and the stories with are interspersed with wit.
Jul 17, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens, norway
This is an interesting book of troll stories from Norway. We borrowed this from our local library as part of a kit with an audiocassette and a small paperback book. The book is rather plain, but we enjoyed listening to Tom Carlin narrate the story.
*favorite characters- trolls*
aahhh, the life of trolls. rough & tumble, hard & loud, stupid & natural. the troll hags are pretty cool too. did you know the more heads a troll has the wilder & fearsome it is ! just ponder this- some of these babies have 500 heads.
Dixie Diamond
This was one of our favorite books when we were kids. Apparently the Scandinavians are quite imaginative when it comes to the grotesque and bizarre (though not always frightening; most of the trolls here are quite humorous).
This is a fantastic book. It has stuck in my memory since it was read to me by the elementary school librarian.
Kids loved it. Well written. Excellent illustrations.
Not for sensitive children at all though.
Read this to the kiddies. They enjoyed it a great deal, especially the illustrations.
This is an interesting book about Norwegian trolls... think "Hall of the Mountain King"
I lucked out and picked up this book at a book sale. Love trolls . . .
Andrea Labonte
This book was the most amazing book about trolls that I have read.
Loki loved this one. He's really into mythology!
Cute book, fun illustrations.
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