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Trolls – Darling or Dangerous?
Nancy J. Cohen

Trolls come in varied flavors. They can be cute little guys like these dolls from my childhood. Would you believe I still have my collection? These have happy faces and hair you want to pet.

Then there are ugly trolls from Norse mythology. I used these mythical creatures in my romantic fantasy Drift Lords Series. Here they’re called Trolleks and are invaders from another dimension. In the old world, trolls may have asked you for a toll to cross a bridge. These fellows are not kindly and cute like the ones above. They’re as mean inside as they look on the outside. Trolls in Norse mythology had magical powers. I could tell you lots more about them, but that’s another story. At least you can recognize them on sight.

Lastly, we have invisible trolls. They’re invisible because they throw virtual sticks and stones at you online and you don’t have any idea who they are. Their attacks may be nasty and personal. I’ve met one of these recently. This person’s vitriolic remarks made me question everything I’ve been doing on my blog for the past ten years. I turned to my wonderful Booklovers Bench team for support, and they gave me wise advice: Don’t engage the trolls. Next I received some private emails that countered the troll’s comments with supportive remarks. And so I decided to ignore the troll and carry on. These creatures are insidious, because they make you doubt yourself. All it takes is one nasty remark to cause turmoil and self-doubt. I prefer the happy trolls on my shelf, thank you.

Have you run into any of these creatures, real or virtual?


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