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Troll cross

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Troll cross

In Sweden, a trollkors or "troll cross" is a bent piece of iron worn as an amulet to ward off malevolent magic. Although commonly thought of as a part of Swedish folklore it was first created - as an item of jewelry - by the smith Kari Erlands from western Dalarna, sometime in the late 90s. It was claimed to have been copied by a protective rune found at her parent's farm, but this cannot easily be verified. However, it does bear some resemblance to the Othala rune in the Elder Futhark.

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