In this section of the Colossus Movie Guide for Troll, we answer questions you have about the movie. If you’re curious about plot explanations, meanings, themes, lessons, motifs, symbols, or just confused by something, ask and we’ll do our best to answer.
- Nora Tidermann – Ine Marie Wilmann
- Andreas Isaksen – Kim Falck
- Tobias Tidemann – Gard B. Eidsvold
- Captain Kristoffer Holm – Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
- Sigrid Hodne – Karoline Viktoria Sletteng Garvang
- Prime Minister Berit Moberg – Anneke von der Lippe
- Minister of Defence Frederick Markussen – Fridtjov Såheim
- Written by – Espen Aukan, Roar Uthaug
- Directed by – Roar Uthaug
Troll | Questions and Answers
Why save the Troll King from the missile only to have the sun destroy him?
Narratively speaking, this is a weird thing. One second, everyone’s trying to stop the government from blowing up the Troll King with a missile. They succeed and rejoice. But literally 3 minutes later the sun rises and burns the Troll King to death. And…people also rejoice? Even though Nora was just begging for the Troll King to run away and save itself. It’s a really quick turnaround. And begs the question of if you’re going to save the creature from the missile, why have it melt from the sun?
The answer is thematic. As the Troll King is symbolic for old, pre-Christianity Norway, the idea of the government destroying it with a missile is a bad thing. As it would mean the country destroys its own heritage. By preventing the missile, it’s essentially the people saving some of the history of Norway. The death that follows is natural so more pure? And maybe more for plot than for theme.
Why did the Troll King catch the helicopter and save the boy?
We’re supposed to realize the Troll King has intelligence. And isn’t necessarily a monster hellbent on destruction. Moreso that he’s lost, scared, and angry about what the Church did to him and his people. He’s more of a tragic figure than a villain. More Peter Jackson King Kong than original Godzilla or Cloverfield. In order to demonstrate the Troll King actually being pretty chill, you include a scene where he consciously and actively saves someone’s life.
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