The word might conjure up images of short creatures with long noses, wrinkly skin, and rotting teeth. Images of a being that lives beneath a bridge, waiting to enact a toll from anyone needing to cross.
These may be the images that most of our American stories have planted in our memories, but in Mount Horeb WI, trolls are what bring you to the city.
Mount Horeb is a small town in Wisconsin that by the 1800’s had developed a population of mainly Scandinavian ancestry. In that culture, (where trolls developed) trolls are not the scary creatures our children stories would have us believe. Their folklore says that they are elf sized and usually live in mounds or near the sea. Trolls have magical powers; long, crooked noses; bushy tails; and more. They live to be 100 years old or more.
The town has since claimed itself as the “Troll Capital of America” and it’s easy to see why. Tree trunk carvings of trolls dot the streets and give a reason to meander around town. Each one is as individual as it could be and even though a map is available in town, finding them becomes a treasure hunt when you don’t utilize it.
1902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Mt Horeb WI