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Brian Froud continues to explore the fantasy world, this time looking at trolls. His previous books were on faeries (Faeries: Deluxe Collector's Edition and World of Faerie) and goblins (The Goblin Companion).

This is a 144-page hardcover with larger than A4 size pages.

The story is about a troll child who goes on an adventurous journey to collect tales from the different trolls he meets in the otherworld. The stories are interesting, such as a love story gone wrong, and there are also poems and text on the things trolls use.

Brian Froud's sketches and illustrations are beautiful, as usual. The troll creature designs look slightly whimsical yet believable, perhaps with the exception of the trolls with detachable heads.

Additionally, there are the puppets and accessories handmade by Froud's wife Wendy. The craftsmanship is great and they serve to add a different dimension to this mythical world. However, I feel that something is amiss although I can't pinpoint what. Perhaps it's because of the contrast in style. Graphite drawings will always have that mysterious charm that's difficult to duplicate elsewhere.

Nice book for fans of Brain Froud and fantasy art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog, just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 6 September 2012
Brian Froud and Jim Henson talked about making Trolls into a film months before Jim's untimely death. This book partly fulfils that dream the men had briefly and this edition holds illustrations from a publication that caught Jim's eye, as some of these illustrations contained here are from The Land of Froud, a lesser known book printed back in the mid 70's and it was that publication that made Jim Henson's imagination believe in Froud's world and give birth to The Dark Crystal. I imagine that this is a personal journey for Brian to walk down again because if it hadn't been for those illustrations and that little known book, Jim would never have invented such sublime films that changed Brian's life forever.

Trolls is a spiritual journey into a world of mystical solitary creatures, who dwell in a realm of wonder and magic, still reaching out to us with stories that teach and enlighten our souls, so we may find better perceptions than the ones society forces upon us! It is a idealistic and rebellious world the Trolls have to offer, like all of Froud's creatures they are honest.

The art work is beautiful and has a real sense of magic. Brian imagines impossibly marvellous creatures but the reason they are so wonderful is because they are truthfully rooted in observations found in nature. Wendy has provided beautifully written stories, which evoke a sense of folklore and her photographic depictions of the dolls and puppets she made add more realism to the Trolls world. She and Brian are one creatively and highly gifted artists, that marriage is a story waiting to be told also and I pray their worlds of faerie live on forever, guiding and protecting us!
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on 8 November 2012
Brian is without doubt a great illustrator, and has a wonderfull imagination so it is with some regret that I post a less than enthused review of one of his books.

In fairness to him, many will no doubt love and treasure this book, but here is the quandry, for the avid Brian Froud fan who is more than familiar with his full repertoire of works, there is in fact comparatively little new here.

The bulk of the illustrations come from his earlier out of print 1977 book "The Land of Froud" with a minority of contributions from more recent publications, indeed many of these earlier prints have already been reused at least once. Whilst some may quite rightly welcome the insight into his illustrations of yester year others will find little new and be disappointed.

The reprinted 1977 illustrations themselves are brighter, more vibrant and the paper is better quality than the original yet strangely this takes takes away some of the charm, the contrast being a little too exaggerated. They may indeed be more true to the originals yet they don't quite work.

There is also a sad lack of the more involved and detailed set piece illustrations which Brian is so good at.

The pictures are joined by a number of Wendy Froud's dolls, which will work for some and not for others. They do bulk up the book however, personally I would prefer to see these two distinct portfolios of work kept separate.

This book may be for you but equally it may not quite hit the button. Come on Brian, I know you can do better!
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on 28 May 2015
Beautiful, stunning large book perfect for any coffee table. Lovely illustrations, lots of bit's of information, a lot made me chuckle. Great for those of you who love Brian Froud( we are not worthy!!! ) work and anyone who loves anything about fairie folk! Great book to inspire the imagination of anyone young or old, and especially those who like to draw, paint and who do arts and crafts..
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on 23 August 2013
I had a Brian Froud paperbook back in the 70s which disintegrated over the years and I missed it. Now those well loved pictures are in this wonderful book with so much more - tales and models and more detailed art work. Wonderful.
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on 16 September 2012
Great book put together brilliantly, I was just a little upset that a large persentage of the material was not new.

Ant fan, like me, will still be thrilled. And if your new to the Frouds, buy it, it's lovely.
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on 11 October 2012
I have read the book from cover to cover and looked at the art work with delight and yes just out the corner of the eye you can catch glimpses of many diff Trolls, and as yet they have all been good ones
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on 14 March 2014
I bought this book having seen a recommendation in a magazine. Having opened it I was blown away. The story was unexpected, but it is the artwork that makes this so amazing.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves the Labyrinth or the Dark Crystal or even just enjoys good art!
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on 9 November 2012
I bought this as I'm a fan of Froud's art and was not disappointed! The book is told as an ongoing story but with 'factual' studies about Trolls, their lives and habits interspersed. The artwork is wonderful and I loved the stories which have the atmosphere of authentic folk legends and fairy tales.

If you're thinking of buying this book as a gift it's a wonderful idea and highly recommended, but remember this isn't Disney for little children. Some of the images and stories, although lovely, are also slightly disturbing (the story of the beautiful troll maid who falls in love with a mortal man is a good example) and so can be a bit scary for small children. That isn't a criticism though, just a pointer regarding suggested readers which I would say would be lovers of fantasy and folklore and fairy tales, and older children who will be inspired by this wonderful work.
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on 14 September 2012
What a wonderful book this is! Subtle,touching,warm-hearted,funny and profound - it opens doors to the world of trolls, and to the realm of faery, as few others have ever done. Of all the books Brian and Wendy have written and illustrated this has to be one of the most magical - perhaps the finest since the best selling Fairies, over 20 years ago. Whether or not you have any interest in the subject, you should read this book, and explore the extraordinary images, which tell a story that is layers (and centuries)deep. If you love the landscape of Britain, you'll recognise how much this work springs from it. Bound to become a classic and much loved book.
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