Not far from us, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, trolls are growing! Artist Thomas Dambo and a crew of helpers are making giant troll sculptures out of recycled wood. Right now if you visit the arboretum you can watch them working. When the sculptures are finished, there will be special activities. You can find out more at the arboretum’s website.
Want to know more about trolls? Here are some stories available from the library:
D’Aulaire’s Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Describes the various kinds of trolls found in Norway’s mountains and relates some of the stories associated with them. (This is an older book, and the cover doesn’t give you a hint of the quirky illustrations inside, but it was a favorite of my college roommate.)
The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
In this West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story, Lit’mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king’s new bride.
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren; illustrated by Harald Wiberg.
Tells the story of Tomten, a little troll who talks to all the animals that live at a lonely, old farmhouse.
Moomin, Mymble and Little My by Tove Jansson
Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma, meeting Mymble, who has lost her sister, Little My. The Moomins are characters from a comic strip popular around the world and translated into different languages.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by H. C. Andersen; illustrated by Joohee Yoon
A retelling (with a troll jack-in-the-box) of the tale of the perilous adventures of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
You can find lots of versions of this story at the library, including a lovely new picture book with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney.
Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
While climbing Mt. Baldy, Treva outwits some trolls who want to steal her dog. Jan Brett has written and illustrated several stories involving trolls.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.