Thursday, 10 March 2016

The King of Ekeberg

The King of Ekeberg is a colourful character. (I have written about him before: here and here, and I mention him here.) Although he is, without doubt, a mound troll, the eponymous tale linked below presents him as much more complex than the stereotypically dumb brute:

  • He shows an interest in his wife's condition and her well-being
  • He pursuades, rather than forces, the basket-woman to act as midwife
  • He is present at the childbirth, and is eager to help
  • Even though he is compelled to act out his nature by shooting a broom at the basket woman as she leaves, he expresses relief she escapes unharmed
  • He is driven to sire child after child, but seeks to replace them with better-looking, better-behaved Christian children
  • He is able to change form, presenting himself in a manner Christian women find attractive, so that he may more easily impregnate them
  • He is ultimately unsettled by the activity in the Christian world, electing to move rather than tolerate the noise of the preparations for war

Additionally, this tale gives us insight into how the subterraneans hide themselves from the Christian folk; and it also gives an explanation concerning the regression of subterranean activity.

There is another tale about the King of Ekeberg. I hope to have it ready for Christmas.

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