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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

IMEMS/Blackfriars 7th Public Lecture: A Feast of Trolls: Feeding, Fighting and Fornicating with the Trolls of Nordic Folklore

25th April 2015, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Durham University

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and we are pleased to announce our 7th public lecture, to be followed by a 3-course lunch.

The cost of the event is £25pp including lunch. For further details and to book please click here

The ominous presence of trolls in the northern cultural imagination stretches far back into the chilly mists of time. But what do they eat, and why? Fresh from presenting a radio documentary on the 'Supernatural North', BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores the culinary habits of the troll, from the unsavoury troll feasts of the medieval Icelandic sagas down to modern incarnations of trolldom such as Tolkien's The Hobbit, Tove Jansson's Moomintrolls and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.