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The Sea of Trollsby Nancy Farmer
Author Q & A
Q: How did you decide on the topic for The Sea of Trolls?
A: The idea for the book actually came from the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill." I wrote part of the novel fifteen years ago, when I still lived in Africa. It was never finished. The original had a bad-tempered cat called Grendelyn who fell into Mimir's Well while trying to catch fish.
Q: Both you and J. R. R. Tolkien have drawn inspiration from Norse mythology. What about Norse folklore makes it such a rich source text?
Q: Have you always been interested in Norse mythology?
Q: Schools today focus on ancient Greek mythology as an introduction to Western civilization. What do you think we can learn from ancient Norse mythology?
Q: What classic texts can you recommend to learn more about Norse mythology?
Q: How long did you research the historical aspects of The Sea of Trolls?
Q: What made you decide to have the Bard take the form of a crow?
Q: Jack comes from a Christian family, and throughout the book as he is becoming a bard, he seems to maintain a belief in the Christian god and the Isle of the Blessed. How does Jack reconcile his Christian upbringing with the fantastic things he's seen and done on his adventure?
Q: What similarities, if any, might you draw between The House of the Scorpion and The Sea of Trolls?
Q: Is the diagram of High Heaven that's illustrated at the front of the book based on folklore, or is it completely original?
Q: What would you like young readers to learn from Jack?
Q: How did you discover the recipe for graffisk?
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