Jumat, 02 April 2010

Thomas Dam (inventor of troll dolls)

Trolls, on the other hand, could take the prize for being the ugliest dolls in history. These dolls are rooted in the folk tales of Denmark. According to Danish legend, the trolls spent their nights burying precious metals and gems. Humans seldom saw the trolls because they lived underground by day, guarding their treasure.

Thomas Dam heard these stories as a child. One year he carved a wooden troll for his daughter. In the 1960's Dam brought vinyl versions of this troll doll to the United States. American kids loved them as much as his daughter had. For a while, American-version trolls with long hair in many different colors were the latest craze. Then the little dolls disappeared from the toy scene, as if they had gone underground with their treasure. They reappeared in the 1990's as popular as ever, and treasured by thousands of children.

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