Dwarfs of Northern mythology, living in hills or mounds; they
are represented as stumpy, misshapen, and humpbacked, inclined to
thieving, and fond of carrying off children or substituting one of
their own offspring for that of a human mother. They are called
hill-people, and are especially averse to noise, from a recollection
of the time when Thor used to be for ever flinging his hammer after
them. (Icelandic, troll.)' (See Fairy.)
Out then spake the tiny Troll,
No bigger than an emmet he.
Danish ballad, Eline of Villenskov.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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