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.