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In Sweden, as well as Norway, a trollkors or troll cross is a bent piece of iron worn as an amulet to ward off malevolent magic. Although commonly thought of as a part of Swedish folklore, it was first created—as an item of jewelry—by the smith Kari Erlands from western Dalarna, sometime in the late 1990s. It was claimed to have been copied by a protective rune found at her parents' farm, but this cannot easily be verified. However, it does bear some resemblance to the othala rune in the Elder Futhark.