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Troll - Troll


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dam Things (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded vinyl and plastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Norman Andrews

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 11

Trolls were first created by Thomas Dam and his family in Denmark during the 1950's. Early Trolls were carved from wood however increasing demand saw production switch to soft rubber and vinyl in the early 1960's. Trolls have appeared in all shapes, sizes, and forms, and are immediately identifyable by their tuft of brightly coloured hair. Trolls were imitated by several other companies although they were often of much lower quality. Their popularity peaked in the mid-1960's and then virtually disappeared. The early 1990's saw a new craze for collecting them and as a result many new designs were produced.

Physical description

Large troll with yellow hair, orange eyes and red painted cheeks. Figure is dressed in a magenta felt top and yellow 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 (made)


ca. 1964 (made)


Dam Things (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded vinyl and plastic

Marks and inscriptions

'DAM THINGS EST. 1964' Copyright mark on back of neck

'DAM THINGS ESTABLISHMENT 1964' Copyright mark on bottom of right foot.


Height: 33 cm, Width: 28 cm, Depth: 15 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Large Troll wearing magenta top and yellow shorts, made by Dam Things in Denmark, ca.1964.


Vinyl; Plastic; Felt



Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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