Troll Ending Explained: The film “Troll” deserves to be seen on the big screen. It’s embarrassing that Roar Uthaug’s massive and brilliant film is being viewed on computers and TVs instead of cinema screens. If you can, watch this easily one of the best Kaiju films of all time on the largest screen possible with the loudest sound system available to counter Netflix’s anti-cinema stance. Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on to discussing the film.
When the story opens Nora and her father Tobias are hiking up a hill when they notice what appear to be enormous Trolls hidden within the rock formations. Twenty years later, Nora is a paleobiologist in Northwestern Norway examining fossils on the Atlantic coast. A massive creature kills both the demolition workers and the activists as she makes her groundbreaking discovery in the Dovre Mountains of Hjerkinn. When Nora is asked to look into the situation, she begins to suspect that her father’s fairytales may have some basis in reality.
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What business does the Troll have in Oslo?
The Prime Minister addresses the nation via television following a botched church bell operation that resulted in the loss of life and the destruction of three helicopters. She orders the entire city of Oslo to be evacuated and clears the surrounding areas as well. Be on the lookout for one another and may God bless us and our fatherland.
Because of this sudden influx of outgoing residents, Nora has an epiphany. She changes her plans and doubles back into the city because she thinks she may have missed something at the Royal Palace. As such, she now understands the significance of the “Sinding” referenced in her father’s journal in regard to the man who presently resides there.
Deep within the tunnels beneath the Royal Palace, Sinding admits that he and the other officials murdered Tobias to keep their secret. Nora and Andreas follow him. And that hidden truth is the skeletons of a family of Trolls. In the process of Christianizing Norway, the Troll King was tricked and imprisoned on Dovre Mountain, where he was left for dead. The earlier explosions, of course, freed him and he’s currently in transit to Oslo in an attempt to reclaim his kids.
The Troll’s March to Oslo: Why?
After Tobias and his group have traveled to their destination, they finally come face to face with the troll. Tobias claims he is not violent but is confused and frightened after emerging from a long slumber into a world he has never experienced. Despite denials, the government launches a military operation to eliminate the troll. The military confronts the troll but their weapons are ineffective against him.
Tobias makes an effort to communicate with the troll which despite having destroyed the military does not appear to be hostile. When the monster is shot, he turns to see who or what shot him but in doing so he accidentally crashes into Tobias, killing him. In his final moments, he shares with Nora tales of a house, a palace and a king.
Back at headquarters, the group agrees that they need to come up with some creative solutions. Nora is confident that her father’s study and the fables hold the key to finding the answer. There are numerous tales circulating about how trolls despise the sun and only eat at night. When the troll arrives in Norway, he makes a beeline for the capital city of Oslo. They rang bells at him to stop him but all it did was make him more enraged.
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For What Reason Did Nora’s Father Check Into A Mental Institution?
Nora and her father Tobias start the movie off on a hike in the mountains. Upon reaching the peak, Tobias reminds Nora of the old tale, telling how the mountains were once inhabited by trolls who were turned to stone. Despite Nora’s skepticism, her father insists that contrary to popular belief, You have to believe to be able to see and vice versa. Nora tries and in the process, she begins to see the trolls’ faces in the peaks.
The scene suddenly shifts to the future where we see a crew of miners tearing into a mountain for whatever they can find. Miners aren’t welcome in this area and the locals are protesting loudly inside. The miners’ drills explode after they hit something. Many lives were lost and a massive presence emerged from the mountain.
The government learns of this and calls an emergency meeting to discuss how to proceed. Nora is a paleontologist now and she’s a lot older than we remember. She’s in the middle of her job, digging up fossils when the Prime Minister gives her a call. Andreas, the prime minister’s assistant, greets her.
How do you get rid of the Troll?
Nora gets an idea after shining her UV light on the bones and observing how they sizzle in the beam. Nora takes the pickup truck from the queen and calls Captain Kris to have him ready. Back at HQ, Sigrid’s skills are put to use as the Troll approaches and heads for the city center. She hacks into the military fighter plane’s system to disable its missile launchers. As a result of a remote malfunction, Sigrid prevents them from doing so.
When Nora starts to doubt herself, Andreas reassures her that Oslo is still standing and that her plan is very much still in the running. As they leave one of the Troll children’s skulls discovered underground is exposed by removing the large tarp from the back. The Troll, having accidentally smashed the skull and realising it now has no family left, turns its attention to Nora and Andreas, determined to make them pay for what they’ve done.
It gives chase just as Sigrid is exposed for her role in the system hack back at HQ. Troll is about to stomp on Nora and squash her to death when Nora jumps out of the pick-up truck just in time. Large UV lights mounted on the back of military vehicles are trained on the Troll as they circle it. It gets hotter and hotter as they come on one by one.
When does Troll finally conclude and how does it do so exactly?
While the Troll is paralysed in place by the UV lights, Nora turns off the lights and begs it to leave. Kris orders the men to stop shooting. Just go somewhere you know you can be secure. “Please return to the mountain,” she begs. There is a brief period of peace before the dawn breaks and the Troll collapses in a heap. Nora reaches out and touches the creature softly right before it turns completely to stone, watching as the eye closes and the danger is averted.
Nora has reconciled with her father and now she has the brilliant idea of renaming this place Tobias Boulder. In the same vein, Andreas decides to leave his job at the PM to pursue his ambition of becoming a writer. Can you imagine there aren’t more waiting to be discovered? In the depths of the mountains, in a cave? With the film ending and Nora smiling, Andreas asks.
Where does the enormous beast go from here?
The Norwegian government has discovered the creature’s existence and has decided to destroy it with a nuclear missile. The weapon, however represents a significant danger to the survival of humanity. Following her father’s dying wishes, Nora takes a stand against it and seeks a solution that will save the creature as well as the people.
Now she understands her father’s references to the palace, the king and the home. When she and Andreas finally make it to the troll king’s palace, Sinding will lead them to the cave that once served as his underground residence. Huge skeletons and bones have taken over the place. And the palace, once his home is where Nora deduces the awakened creature will head next.
Nora uses a skeleton head to lure the monster out of the city and into the mountains. The skeleton’s head falls out of the moving vehicle and the creature grabs it. When the head is released, however the creature appears enraged and ready to launch a violent attack.
As a last ditch effort, Nora recalls a folktale her father told her in which it is said that trolls are turned to stone when exposed to sunlight. She sets up enormous lights with the help of Task Force Kaptain Kristoffer Holm and is able to put a stop to the creature thwarting the authorities’ plans to launch the missile.
An Environmentalist Troll
Humanity’s penchant for destroying nature to expand is evident from the explosion in the Norwegian mountains and the drilling to make highways and whatnot. As Nora is taken to meet the Prime Minister, the Secretary of Defense and everyone else in charge of handling the current situation, its location beneath the city becomes clear.
The building’s high level of technological sophistication belies the callousness with which its inhabitants have carved out natural areas in Norway for the sole purpose of polluting the region with their use of fossil fuels, synthetic chemicals and concrete. This is very different from the Troll’s normal environment which is the mountains.
Tobias claims they have been preventing mining for thousands of years and are therefore emblematic of environmental aggression. According to Tobias, the Nazis used Russian prisoners to construct the Nordland Railway, but they were stopped at Bod. Instead of acknowledging the Trolls’ role in the ecosystem, however, humans launched a propaganda campaign to paint them in a negative light.
The Troll Is a Symbol of Anti-Christian Feelings
Tobias mentions the Troll’s propensity to seek out and devour humans with Christian blood during an attack in the dark. It’s so far-fetched that the point kind of slips the mind when the army begins to attack the creature. This is the point in the movie where it becomes abundantly clear that you need to see it on the big screen. Visual effects and animation are flawless.
Hence, you shouldn’t be surprised when the Troll doesn’t pick out the cross-wearing soldier who the heroes have been hiding with and eat him instead. And yet, that is precisely what he does. When he approaches Tobias, he doesn’t harm him. When the army opens fire on him, he accidentally kills him. Nora, Kris and the rest of the group defeat the Troll by using church bells mounted on helicopters, capitalising on the Troll’s animosity toward Christians.
That’s in an entirely new direction. But the Troll disproves his destructive, anti-Norwegian attitude by saving a boy and his father from a crashing helicopter. John Lindow claims that Trolls in Scandinavian culture are not keen on Christianity. Because of the ringing of church bells, they avoid areas where churches are located. Many people believe that the Trolls smashed churches by hurling boulders and stones at them for this reason, attributing the presence of any particularly large rock near a church to the Trolls.
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