Popular Troll Cross Necklace Not Historic?
I have been collecting various books on the subject of nature spirits and land wights for two years now. I find the topic very interesting to say the least. Today I want to write a short post about a certain superstition held by our Iron Age European ancestors. To be more specific i wanted to cover their use of amulets and protection runes crafted out of the element of iron.
It is believed in many cultures that iron is a holy metal which can be used to protect oneself from dark and sinister forces. These threats can be anything from evil creatures such as Trolls, to a large gamut of spells and curses cast upon a living target. One such item is call the Troll Cross. The popularity of the Troll Cross seems to be gaining popularity in the Asatru and Celtic religious circles recently.
I’m not going to debate if the Troll Cross amulet was used by the Iron Age Scandinavians, as I don’t have any books in my library showing design examples. I wanted to report on the fact I recently discovered about the modern Troll Cross necklaces being sold on the various online stores such as Etsy, Amazon, and Ebay. I purchased one of these necklaces as more of a fashion statement and something that would remind me of the historical past.
I thought that the shape of the Troll Cross was a non-disputed shape which lasted the centuries into our modern world. Apparently not. I recently discovered this fact while reading a Facebook article. The Facebook post stated that the Troll Cross being sold today was actual a modern design created in late 1990s.
I felt a little bummed. Even though the necklace I bought was made of iron, the shape was not historical. After I did some investigating the only article I could find about the Troll Cross necklace was one single Wiki article. Apparently, the current Troll Cross shape being sold online was originally created by the blacksmith Kari Erlands of western Dalarna. I wasn’t able to find more background on Kari Erlands so I can’t add anything else to the story. I can only state that I should have done more research on the Troll Cross design before buying. I still like the shape of the necklace even though it is not historic. The iron properties should ward off pesky trolls in any case. Right?
Keeping my fingers crossed.
Franklin, R. (2005). Baby Lore: Superstitions and Old Wives Tales from the World Over Related to Pregnancy, Birth and Babycare. Diggory Press.
Schön, E. (2001). Folktro från förr. Stockholm, Carlssons.
Troll Cross. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 17, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_cross