Monday, March 11, 2013

Stollo - Norwegian Bigfoot?

I recently received an email from a man who lives in Norway.  He told me a little about what the Northern Norwegian Sami traditions call a bigfoot-like creature in their area.  This creature is reportedly called a "stollo," with this name being specific to the area and the Sami people.  Similar creatures in Norway are described elsewhere by more common names such as trolls and the like.

The rock pictured above is supposed to be the size of one of these stollos, and is a location where the local people would make sacrifices to appease these creatures.  The photo, along with a description in Norwegian, can be found by clicking this link.

The description next to the photograph on the above web page was translated by using Google Translate as follows:

Ogre was a stone to honor the Gods Sacrifice Stone - ogre was anciently used as a place of sacrifice, and it was used until the 1800s. The legend says that it's bad luck to tear it. It further states that one should not speak ill of it otherwise it may go bad. You should also politely greet the stone as you pass it to show respect. Ogre (cliff) is in Kvalsundet, on Highway 94, between Hammerfest and Kvalsund and watches over the travelers through Kvalsund.

I find it so interesting that cultures from around the world have creatures that could very well be sasquatches.  It gives strong indication that bigfoots, or something much like them, once wandered on nearly every continent, though now the only signs of them in some regions are found cultural memories and traditions.

A Norwegian bigfoot?  Seems possible.


  1. Are you going to Norwegian to check it out? That would be an interesting episode for Finding Bigfoot.

    1. Yeah that would be Sick! I'm in Norway! Come Find Me!

      KappaRoss (Joking) but it would be Pretty Cool to be on TV for the 2nd Time in My Life! :-P

  2. Lots of mountains and woods there which could sustain such an animal

  3. Just a little FYI, the Sami Stalo creature exists in Sami traditions from both Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Can't help thinking about the "Afonja" as some people called the Almas of Lake Lovozero on the Kola peninsula. Maybe that's where the "giants of old" ended up after humans pushed them out and took over the land?
    There are other rocks associated with Stalo as well, actually a village, Staloluokta, which means Stalo's rock. You can read a bit about it here:
    There's another Sami giant call Kuyva btw.He's also associated with a rock... You can read here, but be warned- very bad English:

    A person such as myself who lives in a generally Bigfoot-free area (Sweden) but still is interested in the subject has to resort to reading a lot... The giants of old Norse mythology comes up a lot (did you know there were several kinds of giants?). Basically, before Christianity there were "civilized" giants living in the North but around the 1100's, when Christianity arrived they were driven out/ got grumpy because they can't stand the ringing of church bells. Maybe whatever the giants were relocated to North America, norther Russia and other uninhabited regions? (Not sure how they got to North America though... Maybe they had spread to there earlier when Russia and Alaska were connected across the Bering strait?) Only the most civilized and human-esque looking giants lived in Jotunheim in those days, maybe the freaky ones were elsewhere?
    I know, these are just myths and legends but honestly, the more I read about Norse mythology the more it feels historic, real.

    Anyways, good of you to mention our ogres ;)
    Keep up the good work!

  4. I spent 3 days in a Norwegian forest. I saw what could be described as Stollo. ot entirely sure if it was my imagination in the dark. I do remember the loud footsteps that resonated into the ground with a long stride and thud.

  5. You should to a finding bigfoot episode in norway

  6. Today, Norwegian stories of trolls are mosly fairy tales. Very few believe in trolls. But Norwegians once did, and it had the same characteristics as bigfoot. Big, hairy, bipedal and man-like, nocturnal, aggressive, throws rocks, raids livestock, man eater, territorial forest dweller that drives intruders out.

    The correct spelling in northern Sámi is stallu. The Sámis were immensely afraid of the stállu, which was believed to prey on humans in the winter. Sámis did anything to avoid an encounter. Many Sámi children are stilled taught to stay away from the stállu and to never play outside in dark around christmas. That was when the chances of being victim of a stállu attack was highest.

    There are frequent sightings around Lake Lovozero (called Lujávri in Sámi), not far from Murmansk. Most of the encounters with stállu around Lovozero have been aggressive. An area of Lovozero tundra is still closed off because of very frequent aggressive encounters and hikers being killed. The local Sámi and Komi in Lovozero often call this stállu "afonja", Russians prefer to call it yeti or menk.

    This creature is also infreqently seen in parts of Finland, particularly Lappland and Karelia. There was one encounter in Lappland that went bad when someone chased after it on ATV. It is said to have the same appearance as sasquatch. Whatever the stállu is, it does not seem to be friendly and is better left alone.

    Notice that the Sámi homeland is divided between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Lake Lovozero in Russia is e.g. not very far from where it has been seen in Finland.