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Troll Fell (Troll Trilogy #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  1,387 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
A secret kingdom of trolls, and their legendary gold, lies in the mysterious shadows of Troll Fell. It is to this eerie and dangerous place that Peer must go after his father's sudden death, to live with his greedy uncles, Baldur and Grim, at their mill.

When Peer discovers his uncles' plan to sell children to the trolls, he has to bury his fears and set out to stop them so
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2004)
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
My thoughts:
After stumbling through Icarceron, I was really in the mood for something less ambiguous. I was looking for a fun, exciting but comprehendible read, and boy did I find one!
Troll Fell, the first book in the Troll Trilogy by Katherine Langrish, has all the ingredients for being an awesome fantasy series. There’s a simple plot filled with exciting action, memorable characters (including two near-perfect MCs, Peer and Hilde) a good dose of mythology and folklore, and a great ending. I
Stephanne Stacey
I was really disappointed with this book. If it was meant for young preteens it's a little dark. It addresses family abuse both mental and physical, death, theft, and selfishness. That was all in the first chapter and it didn't get better at any point. There was really no lightheartedness to help the mood of the book and enable the reader to have hope for the protagonist.

Now the protagonist, who is 12 years old, is one of the dumbest and cowardly kids I have read about. Even my own children who
Michael Fierce
Apr 12, 2012 Michael Fierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nordic & Irish folklore, fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm, lovers of trolls and fairy folk

Troll Fell is a wonderful book that, while having it's roots in Nordic folklore, it pays homage more to the fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm and to Darby O'Gill and the Good People by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh.

It's an exciting fantastical adventure story of Peer Ulfsson and his dog, Loki, and his frightening twin uncles Baldur and Grim Grimsson, their ferocious dog, Grendel, and their whimsical involvement with the trolls of Troll Fell.

Katherine Langrish is a smooth storyteller who mixes th
This novel opens at the funeral of Peer Ulfsson's father. Comforted by his friends and neighbours at Hammerhaven, where his father was a carpenter, Peer is shocked when his horrible uncle Baldur Grimsson turns up to take him to his mill at Troll Fell. At first Peer is ill treated and kept short of food as he does all the chores at the mill and farm, but then he finds that Baldur and his twin brother Grim, greedily obsessed with the trolls' gold, have a more sinister plan for Peer and his friend ...more
Adam Ross
Apr 07, 2011 Adam Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a delightful book. Based in Norse culture and mythology, this is the story of twelve-year-old Peer Ulfsson, whose father has just died. He is whisked into the care of his gigantic, disgusting, greedy, conniving twin uncles, who intend to sell him to the Trolls who live under the mountain for a pile of gold. He must befriend Hilde, a girl who live further up in Troll Fell and find a way to keep himself from becoming enslaved to the Trolls forever.

Really this book was a fairy tale. It bre
Aug 21, 2009 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my kids, ages five and eight, at the time, and, well, the five-yr-old drifted away, but he does with almost any book. The girl and I read through to the end, and I really enjoyed this book. Often, books written for kids and tweens fall short of the kind of quality, not necessarily in story quality or character development, but in the craft itself, that I like to read, and this is very discouraging. When my kids read a book, I want them to be reading something that will teach ...more
Jay G
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Peer Ulfsson's father just passed away when he is whisked away from everything he loves by his two terrible uncles Baldur and Grim. When Peer discovers that they're planning on selling himself and his new friend, Hilde, as slaves to the trolls, he needs to come up with a plan to stop them before it's to late.

The book was a fast read, definitely targeted at a younger audience. I was hop
Apr 02, 2010 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When Peer Ulffson's father dies, his two uncles that he never knew of, Uncle Baulder and Uncle Grim, barge in at the funeral and take Peer to work for them on there mill. Peer thinks that his life couldnt of gotten anyworse until he meets the bestest friend he ever had, Hilde. On mid-winter, the gaffer of Trollfell and the king of Dorvefell's gaughters and sons get married to each other and they want two human servants, and Uncle Baulder and Uncle Grim decide to steal Hilde's
Book Reviewer
May 19, 2017 Book Reviewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, nostalgic
Full review coming soon.
Aug 25, 2011 06erinb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
Troll Fell was an amazing book. I didn't like putting it down because of how unpredictable it is. It is full of adventure, it changes a lot, and it never gets boring. I would definatly recommend it to young adults who like that type of book. The book Troll Fell takes place in an area called Troll Fell. It is in the mountains next to the sea. A big part of the story is the trolls in the hill, so the story could not take place anywhere else. One of the main parts of the story is that the trolls st ...more
Kate Jelfs
Feb 16, 2017 Kate Jelfs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book opens at a funeral. Peer's father has just died after completing a new longboat. Before the funeral is even over, Peer's uncle shows up to claim Peer and any money or valuables left to take off with him to Troll Fell. Peer has no choice but to move in with his two cruel uncles, who treat him as a servant, sometimes remember to feed him, and hit him whenever they feel like it. Peer's only friend on the place, and it's a unpredictable friend too, is a sort of house spirit called a Nis. In ...more
Sam Whitehouse
Sep 29, 2013 Sam Whitehouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that is based on Norse mythology is a winner with me, and Katherine Langrish's Troll Fell (the first in a trilogy) offered up pretty much everything i like in a book. It's a shame Greek mythology gets all the attention when Norse is just as cool and interesting. But now Norse gets a chance in this first book in the Troll trilogy - and it's a great read.
In a style akin to Alan Garner, Langrish writes a vivid world to set her story in. It's easy to imagine and become lost in the harsh we
Jul 15, 2015 Bonn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
On the whole, this was neither a fabulous nor a terrible book. It was not at all the kind of story I expected it to be, but this is not inherently a reason to dislike it. I did struggle to understand the intended audience, though again that is not necessarily a reason to fault the book/author.
I generally expected a children's story about running off to discover trolls and their gold and have fairytale adventures without the adults ruining all the fun. But instead there was a lovely undertone of
Jun 04, 2013 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my 5 year old. Peer was just the right type of character for my 5 year old to get into this book. sure the book was a little bit dark at first but that is because of the antagonists of the book. I actually don't mind good vs evil. I don't like scary and I don't want to teach my kids to enjoy evil things but I think it's good to teach them that the world isn't all good. I thought it was the perfect book to read to a young child if you're into fantasy, that had just enough of ...more
Rebecca J.
Apr 12, 2012 Rebecca J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the kind of book I like best.

Peer has no time to grieve over his father's sudden death. His cruel uncle shows up at the funeral, claims Peer and all his father's property, and drags the boy back to the dismal mill which he shares with Peer's other uncle, his equally nasty twin. Half-starved and forced to do all the work around the place, it doesn't seem it can get any worse for poor Peer.

Then Peer learns his uncles have plans for him. They've bargained with the Troll King to provide a hu
Cathrin Hagey
Mar 10, 2012 Cathrin Hagey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Troll Fell, Katherine Langrish creates an ancient Norse setting that is both eerily familiar and strikingly strange. It is a sparsely populated world inhabited by human characters as varied as any we might find in our own lives, and by trolls and other beings from Norse legend and myth.

Peer is a boy on the verge of manhood. He is alone in the world except for two hideous uncles. The degradations to which they submit Peer, and the courage and humility with which he faces them, make him a stron
Ron Bajrami
Aug 03, 2009 Ron Bajrami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Troll Fell is about a boy named Peer whos father just died, and his uncles take him to their mill in Troll Fell, a place full of trolls and other soon to be explained mysteries. The setting is in Troll Fell and the main character is Peer. Peer's main external conflict is him having to deal with his two mean uncles. They always bully him and they make him work all day with little food. Peer's main internal is, him being afraid that his uncles might take him to the Gaffer, a troll who is very scar ...more
Dominic Tiberio
Apr 30, 2014 Dominic Tiberio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was mediocre at best. I tend to read a YA book along with whatever else I am currently reading and for some reason the author's writing style turned this into a slog that ended up taking me more time to read than most adult novels. It doesn't flow well and suffers from her desire to use at least 2 superfluous adjectives in every sentence. Luckily she must have grown tired of using all of the extra useless fluff about halfway through and the readability improves from there onward. The story ...more
Brooklynn Scott
So I didn't exactly finish the book because it was overdue, but I didn't feel a need to. There were some good parts that I did like, but some things made it so I didn't really care for the book. For example, the main character, Peer, complained too much, and often acted out of character. I was given the impression that he was sort of quiet and a bunch of sad things were happening to him so he just sat there being sad. But then he'd make a cheeky remark or comeback to his Uncles that was totally ...more
Charlotte Hunter
A fun idea. I'm a decades-long fan of fantasy that involves adolescents facing trials, trials that may involve defeating big and small powers of evil using only the wits they were born with, the power that lies in friendship, and perhaps the help of something just a bit fey. Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles, for example, are marvelous examples of this genre.

In Troll Fell, however, I found too little depth to become deeply engaged. The bad guys were too simply drawn--unremittingly abusive and
João Batista
Como li em português (A Montanha dos Trolls, editora Record, com alguns erros editoriais e nunca de lançar o volume 2...), vejamos...
Este é mais um livro sobre um órfão, Peer Ulfsson, mas com pitadas de mitologia nórdica; tudo o que o deus Baldur tem de bondade, um dos tios da personagem principal é o oposto; juntamente com o outro tio, eles dois se parecem mais com trolls do que a descrição que temos no livro dessas criaturas...
Peer desenvolve uma amizade com Hilde, filha dos vizinhos dos tios
Oct 09, 2013 RENALDO rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Troll Fell was a god book about bad uncles taking advantage of their family members and other people. Uncle Baldur and Uncle Grim take their brother's son Peer to their mill in Troll Fell. Uncle Baldur And Uncle Grim are very greedy and unfair people because when Hildle's Father Ralf left on the boat that Peer and His father built Hildle says that sshe feel sorry for Peer because he has to live with such torturous people. Uncle Baldur and Uncle Grim make peer do a lot of hard work around the far ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Greta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I was browsing the library shelves and stumbled upon this book. With my norwegian viking heritage, I had to check it out. As I read the book, I felt excitement as I visualized the fjords of Norway and the landscape, climate and environs of Scandinavia. And then their is the little troll, with long nose, fury head and tail, that sits on my mantle next to my viking long boat, laughing at me as I read about the Hall of the Mountain King. The description in the book was vivid and realistic and the s ...more
RedPaint Spilman
Nov 06, 2010 RedPaint Spilman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book two of the trilogy and takes place a few years after the first. It is more of a coming of age story. Our hero has grown and as typical of most teenage boys is frustrated by a girl. He sets out to impress her and discovers a sinister plot. With her help, he foils the plot and learns a valuable life lesson; if you want a woman to be interested in you, you're going to have to work at it. A lot. Life lessons aside, this book touches on another aspect of mythology that is at best briefly ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book because I hate not to finish a book unless its terrible, but it was a struggle. The story was mildly interesting, but the author's descriptions were way too over the top. It felt like she was beating me over the head page after page with the fact that the setting was dark, scary, and spooky. Felt like she didn't trust the reader to pick up on more subtle hints. I realize this is written for children, but still, it was too much. Also, some of the events were pretty unbelievab ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Danyo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

La Rupe dei Troll è un romanzo divertente e senza troppe pretese. Se siete disposti a passare sopra lo stile un po’ traballante, potrete sicuramente goderne la lettura. Il finale è molto simpatico, e la soluzione trovata da Peer ingegnosa. Infine, l’epilogo lascia aperte molte possibilità.

Lo consiglio come lettura spassionata: alla fine mi è rimasta la piacevole sensazione di dire addio a dei cari amici a cui mi ero affezionato.
Dec 28, 2013 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is about much more than Vikings |x Fiction. Hopefully a library that owns this book will update the OCLC record.

Troll fell makes use of Scandinavian mythology and history, bringing it to life through story. And story is history and mythology. The book is also about family and doing what is right even when it is hard. So I would recommend this to young adults who enjoy a bit of fantasy with their history. For adults it might be a bit juvenile but still fun.

Whichever category you fall i
Jan 19, 2016 Lammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars really... or maybe 4? But I think thats to high...

I don't know what rating to give this book. I read it in the fifth grade and back then a really liked it but I didn't love it. I would have given it 4 stars back then but my tastes in books has changed so I took off a star because looking back I can see that the book has some problems. If you want to give this book to a kid go for it, but it you are an adult proceed with caution. It's a fun book with a original setting and I just wish I
Krista Ivy
Jan 02, 2015 Krista Ivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fun book that is rich enough to lead to a couple of other books following it. the character's are engaging and just having to live through injustice. everyone seems to have their own ideas of what happiness is and they all seek it out. it is set amongst trolls, vikings, and other beings in-between. it can be very fun or quite dismal with a dash of dark humor. recommended read for people who like to read a good fantasy book that mixes with history and takes itself lightly while not being flippa ...more
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