|Old Female Troll, by Sofia Trollkind Sundin|
This particular year, the inhabitants of Thingeyarsysla discovered that their calculation of dates was incorrect and they didn't know the exact day for Christmas. In an attempt to fix the error, the villagers decided to send a message to the bishop in the village of Skalholt, asking him for help. They agreed to send a bold and youthful man named Olafur across the mountain to deliver their request.
Olafur set off on his journey and late in the day was passing over Blaskogar Mountain. Not wanting to face the troll, he hurried along as quickly as possible. At twilight, Gellivor appeared in his path and said, "Are you going south, Olafur? I gladly warn you to go home. Return with shame to your own place".
Olafur replied, "Oh, troll on the mountain, greetings! I hope you are well." Surprised by his words, she said, "Over the years, few have greeted me so kindly. You are a dear man, pass safely." And she let him continue on his way without eating him.
|Troll turned to stone|
As she handed it to him, she said, "If the Christ, son of Mary, had done as much for trolls as he did for humans, we would never be so ungrateful as to forget the date of his birth." Olafur, who was not a very gracious man, said to her, "Look! To the east. Who is it that rides on a white horse?" The troll turned to look and at that moment, dawn broke over the mountain and she was turned to stone.
Based on Jon Arnason, from Hildur, Queen of the Elves, and Other Icelandic Legends.