The last story
in the book, "Winter", tells about Theodore Troll.
He's one of the middle
kids, the fifth oldest. Maybe it's the pressure
of being "lost" in the middle
of the family, or maybe it's because he's
naturally sensitive, or maybe
it's just the time of year. But Theodore's
got the blues. Not even Christmas can cheer him up. Can you imagine
eating carrot casserole (a special
Finnish Christmas dish) AND getting a
magic kit for a present AND having ten
brothers and sisters to share the
fun and still being sad? Well, that's what
happens to Theodore. Fortunately,
Grandpa Troll is there to help him put
things in perspective. The northern
lights dance like curtains of
green mist in the sky, and finally the
after the long polar night, bringing light and life to Theodore and the rest of
the Troll family once
again. Another year in Lapland is ready to begin.
Here's a picture of Theodore. It's taken from the first story. Theodore is
standing on top of a Lappish fell (a big hill with no trees) and pulling a sled.
At the end of the book, he returns to the same place.
© Ulla Etto