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.
|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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