Trolls have become popular these days to describe people who troll on the internet. The people who have to make sure that everyone knows their opinion. If they don’t like what your blogging or posting they will start arguments and post inflammatory comments about why you are wrong. If that doesn’t work they will attack you personally. They will say anything and do anything to make people think you and your information is crazy. That is putting it mildly. I think people started calling them trolls because of what we think the troll is, the ugly being that doesn’t fit into society. As you will see, trolls in mythology have been totally misunderstood.
Trolls are mainly from Norse mythology. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they are always ugly and grim. The key to understanding the myth of the troll starts with where they live. Troll always live in the forest, the underground, a cave or under a bridge. All of these are symbols of the underworld or the subconscious. This is why they come in all shapes and sizes. They are skeletons in your closet, if you will. Things in your subconscious that need to be brought to the surface. Some people have little nagging things and some people have big things that need tended to. The troll represents all of them.
When you see a story of a troll guarding a bridge, it’s symbolizing a transition in your life. The troll is the things coming out of your subconscious that you have to deal with. Usually you have to outwit the troll by answering a tough riddle. These are just fantastic stories about how tricky it is to get through certain transitions in you life. Once the troll is defeated or outwitted, the character(s) is happy and able to enjoy the treasure on the other side of the bridge. Symbolizing you made it through the transition. Then there are stories of trolls fighting at night until the sun comes up. This is symbolizing the trolls in your mind running your life until you let the light in. Just as Carl Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. Lastly, you have trolls that guard gold and silver. This is the same as a dragon guarding gold and silver. Conquer your trolls and enjoy the riches of your new life.
Trolls are also the negative thoughts and feelings that you keep feeding. That’s where the saying “Don’t feed the trolls” comes from. Don’t feed these negative thoughts, reject them like I show in my Magic post.
Don’t pay attention to the trolls on the Internet either. Giving them any kind of attention just feeds them. Don’t feed them and they will feed on someone else.