More on Trolls
Reposted in part from another thread.
In internet terminology a troll
is someone who intentionally posts derogatory or otherwise inflammatory messages about sensitive topics in an established online community such as an online discussion forum
to bait users into responding (including posts about long fat skis and corvettes). They may also plant images and data on networks that others may find disturbing (usually indirectly relating to the individual in person) in order to cause confrontation, i.e loss of jobs; marrige disruption. While not deemed as 'hacking', such a practice is against the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (UK), where mischief is caused in order to ensure chaos is spread.
A little background info on trolls in general follows. Most trolls historically come from Norway, where they are mythical figures, kind of the little people who live in the woods. For example, the famous composer Edvard Grieg named his house in Bergen "Troldhaugen", which means troll's house. Representations of trolls are also for sale in a lot of norwegian gift shops. If you want to buy some you can check out the examples at the bottom of this threadHistory of the trolls:Far to the North where the winter storms whip the weather-beaten coasts, you will find a long and narrow country. Here you see dark forests with moonlit lakes, deep fjords surrounded by mighty snowcapped mountains, and long rivers and cold streams cascading down the mountain sides. Nowadays this country is covered by snow and ice only six months a year. A long, long time ago, however, there existed a massive glacier that brooded over the entire country for thousands of years.As the climate gradually warmed and the glacier slowly retreated to theNorth, Man to the South of the glacier followed in its wake. Looking at thiscountry and finding it to be magnificent, they considered themselves to beits first inhabitants. People settled there and named it Norway. They werethemselves called 'nordmenn' (Men of the North). It did not take them long, however, to realize that on this land there were various other creatures hiding out in the forests and mountain sides. People did not know what these creatures were, but they were generally believed to have supernatural powers, and they came to be known as trolls.The trolls would come out of their hiding-places only after sun-set, andthey would disappear before the morning sun arose in the East. Directexposure to the sun could cause them to crack, turn into stone and possiblyburst. On occasion the trolls would evidently forget to hide from the sun,and rock formations can today be found in various places with troll-like features.The trolls were mostly seen on bright moonlit nights, or during stormynights that could frighten about anyone who happened to be outdoors at that time. The trolls had very distinct features. They had long crooked noses, only four fingers and toes on each limb, and most of them had long bushy tails. Some trolls were giants, and others were small. There were stories of two-headed as well as three-headed trolls, and even a few had only one eye in the middle of their wrinkled foreheads. Others had trees and rough moss-like growth all over their heads and noses.Although they were shaggy and rough-haired, and most looked frightening,they were also known to be good-natured and naive. So naive in fact thateven sly peasant boys could, on occasion, easily trick them. Stories about such encounters are common in the fairy tales.Most trolls lived to be hundreds of years old. However, because of thetrolls extremely shy nature, their true origin, their lifestyle or whatsurprises they might pull has always been a mystery. The ability to transform themselves counted among the trolls many supernatural skills. The fairy maidens - called 'Hulder' - could transform into incredibly attractive young ladies. However, they could not get rid of their tails. Hunters and farmers sons, who were lured to the mountains by these fairies, would usually check for tails on their new-found beauties.The wrath of the trolls was boundless. It was therefore considered veryimportant not to make them your enemy. If a farmer did provoke a troll, hislivestock might be subject to disease or harmful sickness, or worse thingscould happen. On the other hand, a good relationship with the trolls could be very rewarding. Now, even in modern times it is well advised to keep a good standing with the trolls, since you never know when you will meet one yourself. The next time you go to the dark forests and the mighty mountains with their deep lakes and roaring waterfalls, just remember, they probably mean no harm.But be aware. In the twilight hours you are no longer alone.Then it is only you . . . and all the trolls.
Check out this site for some prime examples:http://www.goshopnorway.com/category... =Troll&Page=1
Need we say more?
More. Here is a skiing troll:
A disco trollgirl:
Her metrosexual older boyfriend: