A 25-year-old British student has reported what he describes as “a troll looking creature” chasing after a train that was travelling through flooded fields towards London. The lad said that at first, he thought the creature was a “fat bloke running through the soggy fields, water up to his knees”. As the creature neared the slow-moving train, he was able to observe it at close range.
“I thought it was a person… until it got closer to the train. We were going at a very slow speed because of the surrounding water. It wasn’t a man. I don’t know what that was but it had hair all over the body, and a bald face and chest. The eyes reminded me of a gorilla’s but it had long ears like a wolf, and short white horns.”
The student says others on the train also saw the creature but to his knowledge, there were no pictures taken of the event.
“I was quite surprised, like I said. You just don’t have any time to reach your phone and take a picture. Things happen fast, that’s what people don’t get. So, unless you are a trained journalist or similar…and you are expecting something to happen, you’ve got nothing.”
A troll, and their close cousins gnomes and dwarves, are supernatural beings in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In Old Norse sources, trolls are said to dwell in isolated mountains, rocks, and caves, sometimes live together (usually as father-and-daughter or mother-and-son), and are rarely described as helpful or friendly. Most are said to have magical abilities, can make themselves invisible, and hence are very rarely seen by humans.
Troll, dwarf, and gnome sightings in London are nothing new and in fact, the entity known as Spring-heeled Jack was thought by many to be a troll.
“Friends and other people say it’s rubbish, but I know what I saw,” the man said.