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The animated movie Trolls has renewed interest in trolls. Trolls are supernatural creatures of Scandinavian folklore variously portrayed as dwarfs or giants, often living in caves or under bridges. They were popularized by the troll dolls of the 1960’s, which were produced by Thomas Dam, a Danish fisherman and woodcutter.

Thomas Dam Tailed Troll Large Vintage

In 1959 Dam couldn’t afford a Christmas gift for his daughter Lila, so he carved a troll doll for her. Children in the Danish town of Gjøl saw her troll doll, and they wanted one. So Dam started a company, Dam Things, which produced troll dolls in plastic, calling them “Good Luck Trolls.” The dolls became popular first in Europe. When they were introduced in the United States, they soon became one of the biggest toy fads of the 1960’s.

Some people still have the troll dolls they purchased in the 1960s. They are especially proud of their collections now and are delighted about the renewed popularity of trolls.

Vintage Thomas Dam Troll Doll with Rare Green Eyes

Vintage Thomas Dam Troll Doll with Rare Green Eyes

Thomas Dam Troll Vintage with Green Glass Eyes

Thomas Dam Troll Vintage with Green Glass Eyes

Thomas Dam Denmark Vintage Troll Doll 1964 10

Thomas Dam Denmark Vintage Troll Doll 1964 10″

Trolls were made in large and small sizes. The troll “people” were immediately recognized for their slightly chubby bodies and the long colorful hair streaming from the top of their heads. Other trolls were made to resemble animals, such as the lion or the giraffe.  The originals troll dolls of the early 1960’s were of the finest quality, featuring sheep wool hair and glass eyes. Some troll dolls wear costumes; others don’t.

Norfin Clown Troll Dam Made in Denmark

Norfin Clown Troll Dam Made in Denmark

Thomas Dam Lion Troll Vintage

Thomas Dam Lion Troll Vintage

Now another generation of youths are learning about and enjoying trolls. And adults who when they were young missed the chance to appreciate these slightly grotesque looking, but lovable, dolls now have a second chance. A troll doll is a fantastic item to have in the home to stimulate the imagination.

Vintage Gran Prix Troll Tape Recorder

Vintage Gran Prix Troll Tape Recorder

Vintage Thomas Dam Troll with glass eyes

Vintage Thomas Dam Troll with glass eyes

1980s Russ Troll Dolls With Accessories Painter & Guitar Player

1980s Russ Troll Dolls With Accessories Painter & Guitar Player

You can find an impressive assortment of troll dolls of Ruby Lane.

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