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Vandals demolish troll’s penis! Landmark outrage

June 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A striking Norwegian rock formation known as “Trollpikken”, which translates politely as troll’s penis, has been vandalised by unknown assailants who used a drill and possibly sledgehammers to knock off the famous protuberance. Undaunted, a shocked group of activists is determined to make Trollpikken rise again. 

Police have warned that whoever cut off, or knocked off, the appendage could face up to six years in prison for environmental vandalism.

A group of joggers discovered the tourist attraction in Eigersund, south of Stavanger, lying badly damaged at the weekend.

Trolltunga – far more precipitous than Trollpikken

 

Kjetil Bentsen, who’s been leading efforts to turn Trollpikken into a major tourist attraction, told local newspaper Dalane Tidende that someone drilled holes into the base “and cut off the whole formation”.

The vandals would have had to transport major drilling equipment to the site. Why would they do it?

“This is terribly sad, and I’m appalled that someone could do something like this,” Bentsen said. Trollpikken took millions of years to form.

The former striking profile of Trollpikken, loved by tourists

 

Norway’s News in English, an online news outlet, reported that Destination Stavanger and local police had been working together to divert some tourists to Trollpikken for their own safety, to lure them away from other weird rock formations in the area including the awesome Trolltunga (troll’s tongue).

Norway’s News in English said police and local officials had been concerned about crowds of poorly prepared tourists trying to hike to Trolltunga.

Trollpikken with fans before the vandals struck

Daybreak at the famed landmark

 

Trolltunga (see photo at top of story) can be hazardous. In September 2015, Melbourne woman Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, was killed after falling several hundred metres from Trolltunga. There are no reports of anyone falling from Trollpikken, which has (or had) a steeper angle than Trolltunga, but was far less precipitous.

Hikers often pose on Trollpikken.

Building contractors say it should be possible to reattach Trollpikken using a helicopter and special mortar, enabling the troll’s familiar shape to rise again. Norwegian enthusiasts have gathered the equivalent of AUD 12,000 to fix the wounded landmark and give local tourism new thrust.

Written by Peter Needham

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