"This brutish creature is the bane of all travellers. Many tales relate how trolls hide beneath bridges in order to terrorize and prey upon all those who would cross it. The wise traveller would do well to exercise caution when crossing any bridge, especially those one may come across in the wilderness, far from the security of a city." —Ultima VII guidebook
This particular troll model was orignally produced by the now defunct German company, Metal Magic. I bought mine from Mega Miniatures, but they have since stopped production and sold the mold to Splintered Light Miniatures. My model is mounted on a 60mm plastic base. The fungi sculpted on the troll's club is a nice touch, don't you think?
Reaper Miniatures. The model had a bunch of warts, which bothered me for some reason. I cut most of them off with an X-acto blade. He is mounted on a plastic 40mm base. (click the photo for a larger image)
The idea of trolls seems to have originated in the Scandinavian countries. Old Norse folk tales are full of encounters with the giant beasts. The classic method of defeating a troll was for the protagonist to outsmart it. In these stories trolls frequently had multiple heads: 2, 3 even 7! This variety is represented in the Ultima series by the two-headed "ettin."
I enjoy reading traditional Scandinavian folk tales to my daughter. Our favorite book was, The Troll With No Heart in His Body, by Lise Lunge-Larsen. I demand that you go to your library and check it out!