Trolls and Billy Goats

Trolls have a nasty habit of skulking around in dark places such as caves or the underbelly of bridges. Rumours of troll sightings have been floating around the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle since the Aurora Bridge first went up in 1932, but it wasn’t until 1990 that a troll showed up under the bridge for all to see. Conveniently located on Troll Avenue North …

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…the Fremont Troll is a popular spot for tourists to have their photo taken, standing atop one of his giant hands or peeping through his one good eye. The Troll provides a theatrical venue for Shakespeare at the Troll in the summertime, and an altogether spookier affair, Troll-a-ween, in October.

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Easily overlooked, however, are three very sneaky Billy Goats Gruff, stealthily evading the hungry troll by scuttling through shrubbery a block down the hill.

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What clever little goats.

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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46 Responses to Trolls and Billy Goats

  1. writecrites says:

    I have really got to find that troll (and the goats) next time I’m in Seattle. Our relatives there never told us about it. While in Norway last year, we saw trolls everywhere, from giant sized ones you could pose with, to pint-sized ones you buy at the souvenir store. Apparently the Norwegians really like their trolls.

    • ailsapm says:

      The troll is pretty easy to find, Jennifer, so look for him the next time you’re in town. The goats are a little more elusive. 🙂

  2. bevchen says:

    How fabulous! I want to go to Seattle now just for that 😀

    • ailsapm says:

      Fremont is full of whimsy, it’s one of my favourite neighbourhoods to wander around in with my camera, there’s so much to discover there. xxx

  3. aj vosse says:

    All goats are good goats… all trolls are?? 😉

  4. Love the billy goats.

  5. travelrat says:

    Thought trolls were only found in Norway, and on the Internet! Thanks for correcting me! 😀

  6. Sonel says:

    Clever little goats indeed Ailsa! I wonder if a witch turned the nasty troll into stone. 😉
    Great shots and post hon. 😀 *hugs*

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve heard a rumour that the troll was turned to stone when it accidentally encountered sunlight – I’m not sure if that’s true, though, there’s not that much sunshine in Seattle most of the year 😉

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Wonderfully clever post Ailsa. Isn’t it amazing how many of us know and loved that silly story!! The sand troll is fantastic!

  8. Awsome! I will put that on my to see list if I ever get to Seattle! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amy says:

    I definitely will visit when I am in Seattle next time. Great photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      And get your photo taken standing on his hand, Amy – but be careful, I hear that the spell that turned him to stone could be lifted at any time, so be prepared to run for cover if he starts to move! 😉

  10. colormusing says:

    I lived in Fremont just before moving here to Portland— still one of my favorite spots in Seattle! I kind of miss that troll…

  11. chrisstov says:

    I like it. That billy goat gruff coming out of bushes is not so little, but then compared to real troll I suppose he is.

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Whenever I see a troll I want to help it become a nice troll 😉

  13. Clever and humorous!

  14. Such whimsy!
    “Shakespeare at the Troll” “Troll-a-ween” and sneaky goats. Thanks for the giggles!

  15. A Taste of Brazil says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Seattle, but nothing as great as this. I love the goats, and climbing on the troll and peering through his one good eye sounds like tons of fun…even for adults; a chance to be young! You have helped me put it on my bucket list. (Maybe I will make it to the west coast when I go back to visit family in NYS) in January).

  16. Megan says:

    I’ve been by the troll tons of times, but HOW DID I MISS THE GOATS??!!!

  17. Very cute! Somebody certainly has a great sense of humor. Love the clever little goats!

  18. ideflex says:

    Fabulous – urban art is so much more accessible in climates where it doesn’t snow 4 feet in winter!

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