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Listed: Trolls

So the book I’m currently reading (The Book of Lost Things) and the last book I finished (A Nameless Witch, which I haven’t blogged about yet) both have trolls in them. And that got me to thinking about other books that have trolls in them – and you know, they don’t seem to be nearly as popular in novels as other elements from folklore and fairy tales. Which makes it a strange coincidence that the book I’m reading and the one I just finished both have trolls in it. Maybe I’m mistaken on that account, maybe there are more, but I just haven’t come across them nearly as much. On that note, though, in my reading I have stumbled across a few novels where trolls are involved:

  1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Originally Published 2006. (LT)
  2. Valiant by Holly Black. Originally Published 2005. (LT)
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally Published 1937. (LT)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Originally Published 1997. (LT)
  5. The 10th Kingdom by Kathryn Wesley. Originally Published 2000. (LT)
  6. A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez. Originally Published 2007. (LT)
  7. Nightlife by Rob Thurman. Originally Published 2006. (LT)
  8. The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. (LT)
  9. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Originally Published 2001. (LT)
  10. Wings by Aprilynne Pike. Originally Published 2009. (LT)

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:50 am March 29, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • TymCon

    That’s preety much becuase their seem as cliqued and dull. It’s true. How many books have smart main character that’s a troll:O Their really under represnetedXD

  • Shannon

    How are dwarves different than trolls? Is it just a height thing?

  • Anastasia

    Great list! Trolls don’t have a big role in books, do they? A book I read last year has trolls in it– river trolls, and rock trolls and so on. It’s called Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson. :D Also I think a few of the Dresden Files books have a troll in them somewhere– I think maybe…Summer Knight?

  • bitwhizzle

    I LURVE “Book of Lost Things”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here’s my review when I read it a few years ago!

  • Lana

    I really enjoyed Sea of Trolls & its sequel by Nancy Farmer. The trolls are definitely not the good guys – the story is based around Norse mythology & Vikings. It’s a really good ‘quest’ read!