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The motif Troll is a part of: Gods, spirits and demons


Folklore, superstition, fairy tales

Description of this motif: Trolls are supernatural creatures of Scandinavian folklore, variously portrayed as friendly or mischievous dwarfs or as giants, that live in caves, or under bridges.

Example :

Then the clock struck twelve and - clack! - up popped the lid of the snuffbox. But there was no snuff in it, no-out bounced a little black bogey, a jack-in-the-box.

"Tin soldier," he said. "Will you please keep your eyes to yourself?" The tin soldier pretended not to hear.

The bogey said, "Just you wait till tomorrow."

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