Appalachian Mountain Trolls

Ken Arensbak made the original troll for his children in 1959 to help make his stories come to life.
He first unbraided strands of jute rope and glued it to a wooden base, then added the details which included natural materials found in the nearby woods.

Grandpa Troll here has been a guardian of our store since we opened in 1996. We bought our first trolls (the ones he is holding in his arms and at his feet) 25 years ago and have been collecting them ever since.

We now are proud to place them on this website. Just looking at them is joy in itself!

All are hand crafted by 5 Arts Studios in Cosby, TN – the heart of the Appalachian Mountains!

Sweetheart Trolls - Most plentiful in Spring, when they make little or no attempt to hide.

“We are trolls. As old as Nature herself, and with wisdom to match. We live in the deep mystical region between your Imagination and Reality.
Our magic powers have never been equaled.
Nature is our life and concern: We collect food for the birds in the winter, make cozy beds for the bears and snowflakes for your hair. We store acorns and nuts for the squirrels, provide dewdrops for the spider webs and cool summer breezes. We water wildflowers in the spring, color the leaves yellow and red in the autumn, and turn our forests into a fairyland of magnificent majesty. Our hair is made of sisal and jute, our bodies made of wood. We are hand-made with care and loving!”

Anniversary Troll

Anniversary Troll - handmade natural troll

Anniversary Troll All Trolls celebrate these important occasions, but some develop a suspicious annual memory lapse! 5 inch pair on wood.  

$45.00

Anniversary Troll - Set of 2 Handcrafted Mountain Trolls

Biker Troll

Biker Troll - somewhat common on weekends of fair weather

Biker Troll You may be surprised to learn of the existence of these Trolls, but actually they are somewhat common on weekends of fair weather. However, they are often hard to distinguish from their human counterparts! 5"  

$33.00

Biker Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Birthday Troll

Birthday Troll - hand made mountain troll

Birthday Troll Trolls always celebrate these occasions (unlike some people ). Can be observed bearing gifts and bringing good cheer. 8"  

$40.00

Birthday Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Bookworm Troll

Bookworm Troll - often lost in the pages of a book

Somewhat common: often oblivious to their surroundings and with faces partially hidden, a true bookworm will lose themselves as they travel through the pages of a favorite author's written world. 8" ht

$40.00

Bookworm Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Melody Drummer Troll

Drummer Troll - just listen for the sound of a steady drum beat

Melody Drummer Troll Common, but often hidden in hollow logs or high up in tree tops. Listen for the sound of a steady drum beat and you might see them teaching the young songbirds their proper cadences. 8" ht.  

$35.00

Melody Drummer Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Earth Mother Troll

Earth Mother Troll - Always busy working to protect our fragile planet

Earth Mother Troll A friend to Mother Nature; Always busy working to protect our fragile planet, not only for future troll generations, but for all of us as well! Often seen together with her companion the Forest Troll. She wanted us to show you both front and back views to let you see how she wears her hair! 12"

$48.00

Earth Mother Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Fairy Troll

Fairy Troll - comes out of the woods to make your wishes come true

Fairy Troll Rarely seen, except on special occasions...when it will come out of the woods to make your wishes come true 8"

$39.00

Fairy Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Forest Troll

Forest Troll - Green Man of the forest

Forest Troll Well hidden behind their leafy mask, they watch over the trees and plant life. More known to the Celts of old and often called “Green Man” or “Jack o’ the Green”, they can be found in most of our woodlands? but only if you know where to look! 12"

$48.00

Forest Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Moonshiner Troll

Moonshiner troll - still working in the mountains

Moonshiner Troll Moonshiner Troll As the old song goes.... "They call it that good 'ole Mountain Dew..." Well, some of that dew forms naturally… and some has to have a little “help” from these crafty trolls. 8" ht.

$37.00

Moonshiner Troll

Mystic Troll

Mystic Troll - Extremely rare with extraordinary powers

Mystic Troll Extremely rare; few verified sightings. Not much is known of these Trolls, but thought to posses extraordinary powers. 8"  

$37.00

Mystic Troll -  Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Pet Guardian Troll

Pet Guardian Troll - Diligent protectors of our beloved animal friends

Pet Guardian Troll Diligent protectors of our beloved animal friends..keeping track of their daring escapades and always, always ready to provide aide or assistance. Logo on chest reads~ Pet Guardian - Troll Division - 8"

$37.00

Pet Guardian Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Spirit Troll

Spirit Troll - Uncommon attire, carries cloth pouch full of ancient cures for healing the body and the spirit.

Spirit Troll Uncommon attire, carries cloth pouch full of ancient cures for healing the body and the spirit. 12" (note: color is grey)

$45.00

Spirit Troll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Story Teller Troll

Story Teller Troll - Often seen in evenings, when small groups of all ages will gather

Story Teller Troll Often seen in evenings, when small groups of all ages will gather together to hear them make the ancient legends come to life. 8" ht Comes with a special tag.

$37.00

Story Teller Troll -  Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Sweet Heart Trolls

Sweetheart Trolls - Most plentiful in Spring, when they make little or no attempt to hide.

Sweet Heart Trolls Most plentiful in Spring, when they make little or no attempt to hide. A fixture at the cafe on Friday and Saturday nights. 5" Troll couple sitting on 2" high wooden base

$45.00

Sweet Heart Trolls -  Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Wedding Trolls

Wedding Trolls - On the verge of extinction. Enjoying strong comeback

Wedding Trolls On the verge of extinction. Enjoying strong comeback in recent years (as predicted by their elders!) 5" Troll couple sitting on 2" high wooden base.

$45.00

Wedding Trolls - 2 Handcrafted Mountain Trolls

Wish KeeperTroll

Wishkeeper Troll - Rare, but always within hearing of even the slightest whisper

Wish Keeper Troll Rare, but always within hearing of even the slightest whisper.... ready to store all of your wishes in its special "Wishes" box. Special tag reads "hold on to your wishes…to make them come true!" 8"

$37.00

Wish KeeperTroll - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

 

 

Woodland Witches with brooms, caldron and wands

Woodland Witch with broom sweeps away negativity.

Woodland Witch with broom sweeps away negativity These trolls meet to perform rituals of goodness, keeping the earth clear of negative energies. Each of these witches has a specific task. 8" tall including hat.

$28.00

Woodland Witch with broom  - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Woodland Witch with Wand & Spellbook

Woodland Witch with Wand & spellbook calls in goodness. These trolls meet to perform rituals of goodness, keeping the earth clear of negative energies. Each of these witches has a specific task. 8" tall including hat.

$28.00

Woodland Witch with Wand & spellbook - Handcrafted Mountain Troll

Woodland Witch with Cauldron

Woodland Witch with Cauldron brews up healing potions. These trolls meet to perform rituals of goodness, keeping the earth clear of negative energies. Each of these witches has a specific task. 8" tall including hat.

$28.00

Woodland Witch with Cauldron - Handcrafted Woodland Troll

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