Troll Bridge

Troll Bridge

infobox Discworldshort|id=1st short story – 3rd Individual story
characters=Cohen the Barbarian
locations=The mountains
motifs=Fantasy clichés,

"Troll Bridge" is a Discworld short story, written by Terry Pratchett in 1991 for a collection entitled "After The King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien".

The story stars Cohen the Barbarian, who plans to prove himself by killing a troll in single combat. Instead however, he and the troll find themselves reminiscing about how the Discworld used to be, when trolls all hid under bridges to be killed by heroes, and there weren't farms all over the place. In other words, as encroaching civilisation tames the landscape the environment required for "typical" fantasy adventures disappears, until characters such as Cohen become mythical. This would be further explored in "Interesting Times" and "The Last Hero".

Specific Tolkien references include a spider-haunted forest similar to Mirkwood, which the troll's brother-in-law plans to sell to a lumber yard, and a long ago war which Cohen barely remembers, but which bears some similarity to the War of the Ring.

A movie of "Troll Bridge" is in production by Snowgum Films. [ Homepage: cite web | url = | title = Snowgum Films]




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