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Aja the Nordic Forest Troll by Nymla Aja the Nordic Forest Troll by Nymla

This is Aja, she is an old Nordic Forest Troll.

The body is made of felted wool with rice inside. It feels wooly and soft and can be shaped a bit when squished.
The tail is posable and made of wool. The head is made of sculpey clay, wool and acrylic paints.
It is about 14 cm in height and weighs about 220 grams.
This is an original sculpt and is not a cast, so there will never be another one exactly like this.


A very wise and loving little troll indeed. She is very old, one of the oldest in her area. Many trolls come to her for advice and also for cuddles.

Nordic Forest Trolls:

These small troll creatures (their bodies about the size of a big apple) live deep in the forest under the moss and tree roots where they dig and build their lairs. Their burrows can be quite deep with large “rooms” to fit several trolls, sleeping together. In the winter the forest trolls go into hibernation and wake up again in the spring.

Us humans hardly ever see these creatures, although they can seem a bit clumsy they can be very sneaky, especially since they can go completely invisible for short periods.
But legends and myths do mention these creatures. A common saying used by people in Norden, where these trolls live (mostly in northern Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), is that “the small ones have been here” when a blueberry area suddenly has been cleaned out.
The trolls love blueberries and that is almost all they eat. They also eat other berries, but only if they have to.

The Nordic Forest Trolls have big round noses with spots on their heads, and a small mouth. They bounce/hop/skip through the forest with their round little bodies and use their tail to climb and grab things.
They usually have no feet and hands but they can use magic to plop out little hands if they need, but they usually just use their tails.

Forest Trolls do not have a lot of other magical skills, their minds are mostly focused on blueberries. But one other great skill is that they can smell the berries from a very long distance and they can eat more berries than what seems physically possible for their small bodies.
If a troll loses its tail it can no longer use magic and it becomes very depressed. Although it can grow back again in a couple of years.
The trolls can live for hundreds of years.

More of my trolls:
 Jorm the Nordic Forest Troll by Nymla Sindre the Nordic Forest Troll (Available on Etsy) by Nymla Embla the Nordic Forest Troll by Nymla The Blueberry Hunt  (Available on Etsy!) by Nymla
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Also wonderful!

(And if I may ask, was Brian Froud's "Trolls" part of your inspiration for your design?)
Nymla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
I don't believe I thought about Froud creatures consciously when designing these, but I love Brian Frouds work so he definitly inspires me in general. ^^
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome! And I see, well it shows, in a wonderful way :)
Nymla Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so :)
Lirhluthvik Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
This is so adorable! She reminds me of the Gelfling or Uru/Mystics of the movie "The Dark Crystal".
Det är toppen! : )
Nymla Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yea, I think The Dark Crystal and the Moomin trolls sort of inspired me for these :D
Tackar ;)
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