at the suggestion of one of our faithful readers, a few thoughts on trolls in their natural habitat: caves.
although trolls are traditionally known for their fondness for living beneath bridges, they also tend to enjoy any sort of cave-like dwelling that may approximate the dampness and darkness of a bridge-underside including, but not limited to, caves themselves, bars with dim lighting and a dank atmosphere, or underground library structures, such as computer labs. (for more on the bridge-habitat, see january 17th’s entry, the three billy goats gruff)
this video, carefully sifted from the annals of youtube, depicts an interesting phenomenon: a nature cave troll training more modern trolls in the traditional troll lifestyle. note his earnestness in preserving both the old troll culture and the health of his eager troll pupils. the fact, also, that this educational video is posted on the internet marks its true roll as a nexus of disparate troll generations. other trolls, perhaps learning about cave safety within the cave-counterpart of the digital age: maclabs, are educating themselves about their troll heritage in their contemporary trollish fashion, so although they may never actually enter a cave such as the one grainily depicted in these expertguides, they can apply those important safety lessons and troll rituals to their daily lives, where appropriate.
for more on cave safety:
(pay particular attention to instructions in re: chocolate and appropriate times for drink. note also the potential for transition from traditional to contemporay cave habitat in trolls’ desire to partake in a celebratory post-spelunking pint at another cave-dwelling: the public house.)