In Iceland, it's quite common to see "troll houses" scattered here and there. These houses range from quite simple: a piece of plywood cut in the shape of a house resting against a rock, to elaborate: a multi-eaved house complete with furniture and decorations inside. A number of Icelanders still believe in and honour the huldafolk. A tradition I think is wonderful as it keeps minds open to all possibilities! Since we just moved into our new home and have not had the time to build our own troll house (yet), I did manage to make a simple faerie house last week. It's clearly not the best. I had difficulty breaking the pottery in just the right place for the doorway. But, intentions were good and I think our land spirits will understand. The kids thought our faeries would like sand at their house. I wasn't so sure but Delaney dumped it before I could stop her. We've also installed a "wind chime" at the front of the house...made out of a broken earring we found over at the ball field. It's shiny and pretty and any faerie would be proud to own it!
White troll house in Keflavik.
Troll house at the "Christmas House" in Akureyri
Another example of a troll house at the "Christmas House" in Akureyri. These were highly decorated and had little troll dolls living inside.
Our faery house.