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Troll Bridge is a Discworld short story, written by Terry Pratchett in 1991 for a collection entitled After The King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The story stars Cohen the Barbarian, who plans to prove himself by killing a troll in single combat. Instead however, he and the troll find themselves reminiscing about how the Discworld used to be, when trolls all hid under bridges to be killed by heroes, and there weren't farms all over the place. In other words, as encroaching civilisation tames the landscape the environment required for "typical" fantasy adventures disappears, until characters such as Cohen become mythical. This would be further explored in Interesting Times and The Last Hero.

Specific Tolkien references include a spider-haunted forest similar to Mirkwood, which the troll's brother-in-law plans to sell to a lumber yard, and a long ago war which Cohen barely remembers, but which bears some similarity to the War of the Ring.

A movie of Troll Bridge is in production by Snowgum Films.

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Language Title Round-trip translation Anthology Notes
Czech Trollí most Troll Bridge Divadlo krutosti
Croatian Trolov most Troll's Bridge Monolith 005
French Drame de troll Troll Drama Not in an anthology
German Troll Dich Sod off Das Grosse Lesebuch der Fantasy. (1995)
German Die Trollbrücke The Troll Bridge
Polish Trollowy Most Not yet published
Russian Мост троллей Troll Bridge
Spanish El Puente del Troll The Troll Bridge Homenaje a Tolkien

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