Did you know the Good Luck Troll is nearly 90 years old?
In the 1930s, on the northern shores of the Limfjord in North Jutland, a poor woodcarver created a simple gift for his daughter, Lila, out of local wood. Thomas Dam, the son of a fisherman, created a troll in his image, using wool for hair and the first Good Luck Troll, or Troll Doll, was born. Thomas Dam wanted his troll dolls to be different from traditional Scandinavian myths, where they were either angry, bad or dangerous.
The Good Luck Troll: Ugly but in a good way!
Soon, everyone in the small town of Gjøl, where Thomas Dam and his family lived, wanted a handmade troll doll. For a few years, Thomas made troll dolls using natural local materials, then in the 1950s, he began production of the Good Luck Troll as we know it today, from the Dam Troll factory in Gjøl. The Good Luck Troll brough cute and ugly together in a combination that people adored.