Thursday, October 26, 2017

Is Bigfoot Really Just A Troll?


A couple of weeks ago we ran the story and image of a bigfoot that was taken by Leo A Frank. (Click here) The bigfoot in the picture was rather unusual looking and had what most people consider the appearance of a troll. The nose was very large and is not what is commonly reported by witnesses. What some may fail to realize is that not all bigfoot look the same. In fact, some are really different looking but still have an overall humanoid appearance.
But all the troll talk got me to thinking more about the word troll and the word bigfoot. We all know the term bigfoot was not coined until 1958 by Jerry Crew, but what about the word troll?

Lets take a look.

First, lets give a definition of the word

Troll - a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.

So, with that definition, of it being a giant, it could in many ways pertain to bigfoot. I also can't recall anyone describing a bigfoot as attractive.

But lets dig some more.

The origin of the tales about trolls comes from Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. These Troll beings are described as living in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, living together in small family units, and are rarely described as being helpful to human beings. Again very similar to what we think and know about bigfoot. Depending on the source, some tales even say that trolls are dangerous to humans. We have reports of bigfoot attacks, so again another similarity.

Trolls are sometimes associated with particular landmarks or areas. This is also something we sometimes see with bigfoot. Some areas are even named after bigfoot. One off the top of my head is "Booger mountain" or "Booger Hollow" here in my local area.


In  Scandinavian folklore trolls are described as being extremely old, very strong, but sometimes slow and dim witted.
Trolls are also described as looking much the same as human beings, without any particularly hideous appearance about them, but living far away from human habitation and generally having "some form of social organization". For the most part this still sounds like out beloved bigfoot.

One factor, that is also told about bigfoot, is that trolls kidnap people. We have some historical reports that deal with bigfoot taking people. Again, this is another possible similarity between bigfoot and trolls.

Trolls were and maybe still are, considered non christian. There are stories about the sound of church bells ringing driving them out of certain areas. Numerous tales relate how trolls destroyed churches that were under construction or hurled boulders and stones at completed churches. Rock throwing appears to be a troll behavior and one that is reported about bigfoot.

Tracing back to when the word troll was first used it nothing short of impossible. But I was able to trace it back to the 9th century. The 9th century is the century from 801 to 900 A.D., which as you can see was long before the word "Bigfoot" was coined in 1958.

So, are some of the reports of trolls really what we now call bigfoot? I would think that this could very well be the case or that if Trolls are a different being altogether, that there has been numerous mix ups and overlaps.

In the end we have to ask the question "Is bigfoot really just a troll?".
I don't know if there is a clear 100 percent answer, but they do have a lot of similarities in behavior and appearance. The terminology could have changed over the years and created this question. After all there is over 80 different terms for "bigfoot", so who knows.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the post. Have a great day.



Thanks
Tom

 
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.




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2 comments:

  1. Good point. Sure, Trolls in Scandanavia, Ogres and Woodwose in France and Germany, Fomor in Ireland, Wild Men in the UK, all the same thing.

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  2. I think this article explains Bush, Obama, homophobia, the death penalty and all kinds of current and past social issues. Face it people. There is a reason why bigfoot doesn't want anything to do with people.

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