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The Bøyg (Norwegian: Bøygen, pron. Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈbœʏən]), also referred to as the "Great Bøyg of Etnedal", is a troll in the Scandinavian folklore of Gudbrandsdal and Telemark. Characterized as a giant, slimy serpent, it stands as a hindrance to travellers. The name means 'bend', 'twist' or 'curve'. It appears in the fairy tale of Per Gynt, the basis for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt.[1]


  1. ^ Hult, Marte H. (2003-01-01). Framing a National Narrative: The Legend Collections of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814330061.