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Troll - Iggynormous

Iggynormous

  • Object:

    Troll

  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1964 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dam Things (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded plastic and vinyl

  • Credit Line:

    Norah Chambers Kensey bequest

  • Museum number:

    B.651-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Trolls were first created by Thomas Dam and his family in Denmark, in the 1950s. His first troll was carved of wood and was given as a present for his daughter's birthday. Due to demand, trolls began to be manufactured from soft rubber and later, vinyl in around the 1960s, which is at the same time as the peak popularity for troll dolls. Due to their sudden increase in popularity, many troll imitations were made, but not to the quality of the Thomas Dam dolls. Trolls have been part of folklore forever, as bad and mischievous characters who live under bridges or in caves. They have also been known to be good luck charms. They come in many different sizes and are easily recognised by their tuft of brightly coloured hair, in this case, red.

Physical description

Large troll with red, orange eyes and red painted cheeks. Figure is dressed in a white felt top and orange felt shorts with braces. The clothes are fastened to the body with two metal studs on the front and one on the back.

Place of Origin

Denmark (manufactured)

Date

ca. 1964 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Dam Things (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded plastic and vinyl

Marks and inscriptions

'I'm an / IGGYNORMOUS / one of the / THOMAS DAM FAMILY'
Printed on a gold label on front of troll

'© / DAM THINGS / ESTABLISHMENT / 1964'
Printed on bottom of foot

Dimensions

Length: 33 cm, Width: 26.5 cm, Depth: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Troll, large, wearing a white top and orange shorts, 'Iggynormous', made by Dam Things, Denmark, ca. 1964.

Materials

Vinyl; Plastic

Techniques

Moulding

Subjects depicted

Troll

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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