Thomas Dam

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Thomas Dam
Born (1915-05-15)15 May 1915
Died 12 November 1989(1989-11-12) (aged 74)
Nationality Danish
Occupation Woodworker

Thomas Dam (May 15, 1915 - November 12, 1989) was a Danish baker, fisherman and woodworker who designed and invented the original troll doll also known as the "Good Luck Troll".

During a period of financial distress after the failure of his bakery in Gjøl, Dam created the doll, carving it from wood. Soon, the Dam family had started up a new business and Dam earned enough to buy himself a small factory where the dolls were produced in vinyl. Dam created many different trolls as well as plastic baby dolls. Dam formed a company named Dam Things to market the dolls. Dam trolls, also known in Denmark as Gjøl trolls, are now considered collectors' items.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Walsh, Tim (2005-10-01). Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 187–. ISBN 9780740755712. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ UEBELHERR, JAN (October 17, 2005). "Trolling around town". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "American company can continue making troll dolls". Associated Press. May 17, 2002. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Sheff, David (January 4, 2005). "New Babes in Toyland: Trollz". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 

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