The troll is a very important part of modern Scandinavian folklore which harks back (or maybe even claims direct lineage) from the Jötnar of the high mythology. The terms Troll, Jötunn and Þurs are all mentioned throughout Old Norse Mythology to describe a variety of beings and there is confusion and overlapping in the use of those terms. It has been suggested that they are separate types of related creatures:
Jötunn are the lords of nature
Trolls are nature beings
Þurs are hostile monsters
Said to inhabit remote areas, like mountains, under rural bridges and caves deep in the forest. There are many different ‘races’ of troll depending on where they live and they display great diversity in their size and appearance. They are said to be very old, very powerful yet plodding and unintelligent enabling them to be defeated.
Scandinavians believe Trolls are frightened away by lightning (a holdover from the mythology of Thor killing Jötunn), church bells and iron (particularly an iron trollkurs or ‘troll cross’). It is said they also turn to stone if they are hit by direct sunlight. But if you cannot beat them you would best beware as they are known to kidnap and eat humans as well as destroy a persons property and home.
Today it is said that the lack of Trolls is down to the result of lightning strikes and there are many stone landmarks in Nordic lands that are said to be the result of Trolls that were caught in sunlight!
Mars. In true colour.
Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.
Why does this not have more notes?!?
YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET
If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.
i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.
this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades
I’m so infatuated by this.
i just want to touch it. imagine being the first human to touch mars.
at first I was gonna just scroll past this and not give it a second thought. but then I stopped and thought about what it really was, and how amazing that is. It didn’t help that I was listening to some fairly intense DBZ music at the time.