Friday, 6 January 2012

Orcs, gobbies and trolls - Oh My! Part two

Rift troll
troll is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In origin, the term troll was a generally negative synonym for a jötunn (plural jötnar), a being in Norse mythology. In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings. ~Wikipedia
 Tolkien's trolls were quite stupid, however; in Norse mythology trolls were magical. The Dungeons and Dragons troll had the ability to regenerate. From the artwork I've seen of D&D trolls I would say that DDO did a fine job. 
DDO Troll Chief
DDO Troll

Lord of the Rings Online

Vanguard Saga of Hereos

Everquest 2 has the option to play a troll.  I don't know if it is included in the free to play races though. Can't be arsed looking.

EQ2 trolls always reminded me of Tim Curry as Dr.  Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The resemblance is uncanny

From the sublime (?) to the ridiculous. I give you the World of Warcraft troll. WoW has many types of trolls yet, remarkably, they all look the same. You'll want to read that last sentence sarcastically. Trolls are playable though why anyone would want to is beyond me.  

1 comment:

  1. You have to purchase a "race pack" from EQII to play a troll.

    The biggest laugh about EQII going F2P is that each pack is about $20 (race pack, class pack, etc). Even better is that each pack only includes one type. So, for $20 - you can be a troll. But not a Dark Elf.