PHOTO PROMPT © Janet Webb
‘How did they get there?’ said Steph.
‘I mean, I know idiots throw them in the canal.’ She looked out at the expanse of shimmering grey water. ‘But the lake.’
‘How are they floating?’ said Nick.
‘I don’t know but it’s really weird.’
Nick lit a cigarette, watched the smoke drift towards the silver chariots. ‘Trolls.’
‘Trolls that steal trolleys?’ Steph folded her arms. ‘To what purpose?’
‘Maybe they got smashed and went joyriding. Or they used them to go hunt for billy goats.’
She laughed, sliding her arm through his.
This week I’ve mixed the prompt with my weekly thread W4W and I bring you two words for the price of one. TROLLEY (according to the Online Etymology Dictionary) was originally a Suffolk dialect word for a cart, especially one running on tracks. TROLL, from the Old Norse for supernatural giant, could have derived from a word for general supernatural occurences, such as the Swedish trolla (to charm, bewitch) and the Old Norse trolldomr meaning witchcraft. In the sagas you can apparently find troll-bulls, boar-trolls, troll-maidens, troll-wives, troll-women and the trollman (a magician or wizard).
What a lot of trolls.
And then there’s the modern phenomenon of internet trolls but those vile and loathsome creatures will have to wait for another post.
Thanks to Kat, the founder of W4W and all round lovely lady.