Trollpikken

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Trollpikken (the Troll's Dick) is a rock formation in Eigersund municipality, in Norway, between Kjervall and Veshovda. A rock jutting out from a cliff face to a height of almost 12 metres (39 ft)[1] resembles an erect penis. In June 2017, the rock was severed using power tools; it was reattached the following month after a crowdfunding campaign.

The local tourist board was discussing using Trollpikken to draw tourists in a similar manner to Trolltunga (the troll's tongue) and Preikestolen (the preacher's pulpit) by providing parking[2][3][4][5][6] when on June 24, 2017, joggers discovered that the approximately 10-tonne (9.8-long-ton; 11-short-ton) formation had been severed using power tools.[5][7][8] 226,000 kroner[9] was raised online to reattach it using a crane assembled on-site;[1][6][10][11][12][13] a contractor told a Norwegian TV station, "We have the Viagra it takes."[14] It was successfully reattached on July 7, using a combination of cement, glue and metal fittings.[9][15][16] By late that month, parking and signs had been provided and NRK reported that at least one suspect had been arrested for the vandalism.[17]

Kjetil Bentsen named the rock formation in January 2017; an effort is underway to have it marked on maps.[18] A staff member at the Romsdal Museum indicated that numerous rock formations in Norway have similarly humorous names, although pikk is a relatively new word in the language for the penis.[19] Bentsen and one other have applied to the Norwegian Patent Office for trademark rights to the name.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carol Off; Jeff Douglas (June 27, 2017). "Someone lopped off Norway's penis-shaped rock, but locals are determined to re-attach it". As It Happens. CBC radio. 
  2. ^ Ingve Aalbu (June 13, 2017). "Slik finner du Trollpikken". Dalane Tidende (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ Ingve Aalbu (June 19, 2017) [June 15, 2017]. "Reiselivsdirektør tror på Trollpikken". Dalane Tidende. 
  4. ^ Ingrid Treborg (June 20, 2017). "Kjetil (42) vil gjøre Trollpikken til Norges heteste turistmål" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 
  5. ^ a b Hege Wallenius; Shazia Majid; Maria Knoph Vigsnæs (June 25, 2017) [June 24, 2017]. "Trollpikken knekt tvers av: – Jeg er målløs". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 
  6. ^ a b "Trollpikken garantert reist før høsten". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). NTB. June 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ Jonas Fabritius Christoffersen; Kaja Kirkerud (June 24, 2017). "'Trollpikken' er knekt rett av" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 
  8. ^ Claus Jessen (June 24, 2017). "Nordmænd i chok: Trollpikken er knækket ved roden". Ekstrabladet (in Danish). 
  9. ^ a b Johan Mihle Laugaland; Gunnar Ringen Johansen; Tuva Skei Tønset (July 8, 2017). "Trollpikken er gjenreist – slik gikk det til" (in Norwegian). NRK. 
  10. ^ "Norwegians raise cash to re-erect 'penis' rock". The Guardian. Associated Press. June 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Will the Trollpikken rise again?". Newsday (audio, 2 minutes). BBC World Service. June 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ingvald Nordmark (June 25, 2017). "Trollpikken blir til 'folkepikk'" (in Norwegian). NRK Rogaland. 
  13. ^ "Trollpikken blir trolig oppreist før helgen" (in Norwegian). ABC nyheter. NTB. July 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ Ed Mazza (June 26, 2017). "Norway Vows To Catch The Jerk Who Chopped Off Its 'Penis Rock'". Huffington Post. 
  15. ^ "Workers put penis-shaped rock formation back up in Norway". Boston Herald. Associated Press. July 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Norway 'troll penis' restored to its former upstanding glory". BBC news. July 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ Syed Ali Shahbaz Akhtar (July 28, 2017). "Minst én siktet for hærverket på rekordpopulære Trollpikken" (in Norwegian). NRK. 
  18. ^ a b Cecilie Berntsen Jåsund (August 10, 2017). "Hard kamp om Trollpikken-navnet" (in Norwegian). NRK. 
  19. ^ Terje Reite; Sissel Beate Brunstad (June 28, 2017). "Trollpikken er slett ikkje eineståande" (in Norwegian Nynorsk). NRK. 

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Coordinates: 58°28′11″N 6°04′49″E / 58.46972°N 6.08028°E / 58.46972; 6.08028