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Posted 10 months ago

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DebOR
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Grandparents immigrated from Sweden in very early 1900s. These trolls part of our Swedish Christmas celebration. The figure with dark green shirt is the oldest. The other was brought back from Sweden during a trip in the 1970s.

There is much debate over exactly what this troll is and what it represents. Their similarity suggests a specific meaning. I remember grandmother calling it tomtegubbe. Another remembers being told she is a good witch who uses stick to beat bad children.

Any help with identification, meaning would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    Trolls are cool people, so cool there are collectors clubs all over. I have some DAM trolls and think they are neat........saves me having to look in a mirror :)
  2. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    LOL if you like this fhrj I would not look in a mirror . Your wonderful troll seems to be a animal as it has a tail . I at first thought maybe done by steiff but ruled that out . These have a strong history in legend and their powers in old folk lore . It is wonderful and I have not seen one quite like yours but it is a old one and wonder if stick is original . Love him
  3. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Oops that is IF you LOOK like this fhrj not Like .Sorry that was a typo
  4. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
    DAM trolls..........lol love it
  5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    DAM made collectable Trolls and they are marked DAM on the bottom of their foot along with the year usually. Early DAM Trolls bring a fine price.
  6. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
    hmmm ...never new that about them little guys ...never had one ...just though you were getting mad @em...lol
  7. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Roy you might have a few hiding in your wood pile beware ! They have curses according to folklore :-)
  8. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
    lol mani.....I know i have mice in the wood pile and thats were i draw the line ...lol
  9. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Well these guys will scare your mice right into the house and under your bed Roy :-)
  10. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
    ah hogwash ...lol the mice dont need any help ...smiling
  11. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Deb I am still searching for a photo of your guy . I am wondering if it might have been called a Gnome ?
  12. DebOR, 10 months ago
    Not sure about a gnome - at least we've never heard that, even from grandmother. I think the stick is original. The other one (brought back from Sweden in 1970s) is very similar. Believe it also has the stick, but am waiting for family member to send photos to compare. Correcting original post: this one is the older.
  13. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Look Deb here is same guy as yours someone just posted !
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/108495-vintage-norvegian-troll-gnome--signed?in=all
  14. DebOR, 10 months ago
    Nice, but think they are from different "tribes." Getting closer. Thanks so much for all the looking!
  15. Manikin Manikin, 10 months ago
    Yours is much older but I think we are getting closer to the right shape . I also saw one by same artist of a woman with one tooth like yours and a stick . I am leaning toward yours as being a very early version of the Norway troll/ gnome . This character needs a name :-) we will pursue :-)

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