The Troll assaults Conan and Red SonjaTHE TROLL OF THE BRIDGE

Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Troll (Demon?), Hyborian Era

Occupation: Tax collector, servant of  El-Ron

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: El-Ron

Enemies: Conan, Red-Sonja

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Zamora, Hyborian Era

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#241 (February, 1991)
{Prima apparizione Italiana: Conan il Barbaro#40 Comic Art (giugno 1992)}

Powers/Abilities: The Troll of the Bridge has great strength (probably enhanced level) and is unharmed by wounds caused by normal weapons; he can even live without his head attached to his neck. The Troll had a normal intelligence and good speech properties.

The Troll stops Red SonjaHistory: (Conan the Barbarian I#241 (fb) - BTS) - Lord El-Ron put the Troll at guard of a bridge on a river. The Troll collected a tax from any waylander, merchant and inhabitant of the nearby lands who crossed the bridge. Those who paid the tax received a mark (probably magic) on his person that would have let him pass through the Demon-Guardians of Zukala Castle.

The Troll is wounded but he doesn't die(Conan the Barbarian I#241) - One day, a lady walked through the bridge without paying but the Troll, hidden under the bridge, ambushed her and tried to punish her, but he was stopped by Conan the Barbarian. The Troll decided that the warrior had to die, too, for not having paid the tax. Soon a fight started. Despite the charge of the warrior, the Troll pushed rider and mount on the border of the bridge, crushing the banister and easily throwing them in the river. He followed the Cimmerian who slashed him twice without any effect, then lifted the warrior by his head to break his spine. Conan wriggled out but the Troll was too strong and held the Cimmerian at the bottom of the river, starting to drown him. He was distracted by the lady, who actually was Red Sonja in disguise, enabling Conan to cut the Troll's head with a single slash. However, the Troll didn't die, though he couldn't continue the battle and his body was forced to run after his head was transported away by the river's flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Troll transports his head

 

(Conan the Barbarian I#243 - BTS) - The Troll succeeded in retrieving his head.

(Conan the Barbarian I#243) - The Troll was evoked by Zukala through El-Ron's freshly slain body in Zukala Castle. The Troll and other demons were held back by Conan. When Zukala stopped talking through El-Ron, the four demons stood immobilized. Conan severed El-Ron's head, Zukala left the Earth, and the four demons remained still, as rigid as stone.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Gary Hartle and Mike DeCarlo.

At first sight, Conan thought the Troll was a demon  from Arallu (Hell),which is not so improbable, since the El-Ron's ability in the evocation of demons.

Profile by Spidermay

Clarifications:

The Troll of the Bridge has no known connections to


Images:
Conan the Barbarian I#241, p15, pan2 (Troll, full body)
Conan the Barbarian I#241, p15, pan1 (Troll, head shot)
Conan the Barbarian I#241, p18, pan3 (Troll and Conan)
Conan the Barbarian I#243, p18, pan2 (Troll with his head)


Other appearances 
Conan the Barbarian I#243 (April, 1991) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gary Hartle (pencils), Mike DeCarlo (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
{Albo Italiano: Conan il Barbaro#43 Comic Art (settembre 1992)}


Last updated: 10/10/05

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