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The Troll-Witch

DH Book of Witchcraft
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft
Date Published June 2004
Collected in Hellboy – Volume 7: The Troll Witch and Others
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 4

Hellboy travels to Norway in 1963 and speaks to the Troll-Witch.

Publication HistoryEdit

The Troll-Witch was first published as part of the anthology The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft in June 2004. The volume is part of "The Dark Horse Book of" series of horror anthologies. The story was reprinted in Hellboy: vol. 7 The Troll Witch and Others in October 2007.

SynopsisEdit

In 1963 in Norway, Hellboy is investigating a number of gruesome murders. He enters the house of the "troll-witch". She asks if he plans on killing her. Hellboy responds "maybe". The towns people had said trolls were responsible for the killings, and sent Hellboy to the witch. The witch proceeds to tell her story.

Once a woman who could not have children asked a witch for help. The witch gave her two flowers, and told her to eat only one and she would have a child. She ate the flower and bore a beautiful daughter. But she wanted another child and ate the other flower. Her second daughter was born stunted and troll like. The parents wanted the troll-like girl destroyed, but the daughters loved one another.

Years later trolls fought outside of their house. The ugly girl went out to fight with them, much against her mother's warnings. The beautiful girl looked out of the window to see what was happening and a troll grabbed off her head and put a cow head in its place. The girl turned into a cow. The ugly girl traveled to the troll fortress and killed many trolls. She also took back her sister's head.

Hellboy interrupts to tell how the story ends; the cow turns back into a beautiful girl and marries a prince. The witch replies that the girl remained a cow and later died. The witch shows Hellboy her sisters dried head, flowers line her brow. The witch says that one day a woman will come to her to bear children, and she will eat the flowers and all her children will be beautiful.

She gives Hellboy the weapon she used to kill the trolls so many years ago, and instructs Hellboy to place it blocking the entrance to the troll cave. The trolls will not cross, and when the sun rises they turn to stone.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Penanggalan
The Troll Witch
Followed by
The Ghoul
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 7 The Troll Witch and Others
Preceded by
The Hydra and the Lion
The Troll Witch
Followed by
The Vampire of Prague
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Hydra and the Lion
The Iron Shoes
The Troll Witch
Followed by
The Baba Yaga

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