A young girl and her father are looking at the mountains and reminiscing about fairy tales. He encourages her to believe in the old stories about trolls. Twenty years later the girl, now a grown woman, Nora Tidemann, is a paleontologist, digging for fossils on the West coast.
The acting too is pretty good. Ine Marie Wilmann plays Nora Tidemann with exactly the right level of eye-rolling at the stupid decisions being made by the people surrounding her. Kim Falck plays Andreas Isaksen as a slightly out of his depth advisor to the Prime Minister whose job it is to accompany Nora in pursuit of the troll.
Other fairy tales tell of how trolls and repelled by bells and, of course, this becomes a major plot point in Troll. The bells related to Christianity so those two themes are connected. We get a brief history that shows that the Christianisation of Norway was what did for the trolls originally as they were ruthlessly hunted down.
If, like me, you like to hear the movie in its original form and read translated subtitles then you have the options of 34 languages English, Arabic, French, German, European and American Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. There are also many smaller languages such as Basque and Catalan, showing that Netflix care about bringing this experience to as many people as possible.
There are also Audio Described version in Norwegian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Italian and both types of Spanish. Similar to the CC version of subtitles, these describe the action so that blind and partially sighted viewers get a more complete idea of the action on screen.
As we have said before, the Norwegian film industry is really going from strength to strength and Troll is an example of this. A few years back, there would have been little appetite for a Norwegian big-budget monster movie about trolls and, more importantly, no one who had the directing skills to make it happen.
The broader global information ecosystem, however, has not developed robust defences against trolls. In all corners of the world, media outlets seeking to boost audiences through titillation and controversy have effectively built troll-baiting and troll-feeding into their business models. TV stations like al Nas profit from them. Commentators like Sheikh Khaled Abdullah gain power by inciting their followers to react emotionally and even violently to trolls.
The trolls behind The Innocence of Muslims exploit both of these predictable narratives. They provide Middle Eastern Muslims with evidence that Americans misunderstand and disrespect Islam so badly that hundreds of people were willing to get together and make a film insulting the Prophet.
A global anti-troll movement is building itself through skilled and innovative use of the internet. In the vanguard are articulate, multi-lingual, multi-cultural individuals who can translate and contextualise global events from the perspective of people who have the most to lose when the power of trolls and troll-enablers goes unchecked.
There is no shortage of thoughtful commentary online that criticises violence and urges increased understanding. But it is very hard to attract public attention to these points of view. Building a new sort of global discourse where reasonable majorities have a louder voice than extremists and trolls is a mighty task. It will require investment of resources by many people and organisations around the world that believe not only in free speech but also that the status quo is dangerous.
Internet and media companies, software and web development communities and civil society must come together in a shared commitment to defuse the power of trolls and to amplify cosmopolitan discourse. We propose a concrete first step in that direction: a tool to provide better context.
But while YouTube provides a platform for discussion and reaction to content, these conversations are themselves easily hijacked by trolls. YouTube does not help contextualise controversial content, or neutralise its inflammatory nature by exposing and condemning the conditions under which it was created, or the way in which it is being used.
This is only one of many possible ways to add context to online speech. Whether platforms like YouTube tackle the challenge directly, or partner with others to contextualise their content, if free speech is to be successfully defended, the world desperately requires media and innovations that will neutralise destructive trolls such as the ones who created, promoted, and exploited The Innocence of Muslims.
Troll Hunter (2010) is a Norwegian drama/fantasy/horror/thriller feature film available on ITVHUB U.K.; Prime Video, Hoopla, YouTube, Plex, Kanopy USA; Hoopla Canada; Fetch, Apple, Microsoft Australia. 1 hour 43 minutes. Rated 15 UK. In Norwegian and English with English subtitles.
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
During the development of Hiveswap, the first Homestuck adventure game, it was decided that a new, original Alternian alphabet should be created in the same style of the original, presumably to avoid copyright claims from Bethesda, the company behind The Elder Scrolls. In Hiveswap and related media, the trolls are retconned to universally use this new alphabet in place of the old, representing an inconsistency with Homestuck. Like the Daedric alphabet, this alphabet is a set of alternate Latin alphabet glyphs, and messages written in them are still in English. The two alphabets have a very similar visual style.
Although called an alphabet, in Homestuck it'd be more accurate to call it a cipher since they are merely a set of alternate glyphs for the English alphabet (the spelling is the same, just drawn differently). Numeric digits are not often seen, but where they do appear in Homestuck, flipped and inverted versions of the standard western arabic numerals are used. Punctuation seemingly does not appear in the Daedric alphabet.
Interestingly enough, in The Elder Scrolls, the Daedric alphabet is primarily used by the Dremora, who, like the trolls, are a warlike race of grey-skinned, yellow-eyed humanoids with horns who use a caste-based social structure. The visual parallel may even have been intended by the person who made the suggestion. However, as Andrew has stated he picked the alphabet at random, this is most likely a very lucky coincidence.
The new Alternian alphabet was introduced in promotional material for Hiveswap, and represents a new set of original glyphs that fulfill the same role as the Daedric characters did in Homestuck, without any looming threat of copyright claims from Bethesda. The introduction of this new alphabet was a retcon by What Pumpkin, and it will presumably be used as the official troll alphabet in all future media, while in-universe nothing is regarded to have changed, and this new alphabet will have \"always\" been the alphabet of Alternia.
This new alphabet appears to have been created in a similar style to the original Daedric alphabet, with the intent of capturing a similar feel. Notably, this new alphabet also incorporates punctuation symbols, which were conspicuously absent from Alternian text before this (as the original Elder Scrolls Daedric alphabet did not contain any). As in the Daedric alphabet, numerical digit symbols are not often seen; however, as shown in the announcement post for Hiveswap Friendsim: Volume Two as well as the Hiveswap: Act 2 trailer, stylized versions of the standard western arabic numerals are used as in the Daedric alphabet. These appear to have been adopted from the 2019 Homestuck calendar. Furthermore, while the old Daedric alphabet was often written from right to left and from the bottom to the top of a page, this alphabet as it appears in Hiveswap instead tends to be written from left to right and top down, as in English, and similarly, the numeric digit symbols are not flipped and inverted.
Many of us are reluctant to watch films that require reading subtitles but every now and then there comes a movie worth squinting at tiny letters at the bottom of the screen. Here's a list of four films from different countries and times that should convince you to read while watching a movie. 59ce067264