Police question ‘Troll Cock’ suspect

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Police in the Norwegian coastal town of Egersund have a suspect in the vandalism of a local rock formation that resembled an erect penis. The rock known as Trollpikken (The Troll Cock) is likely to be re-erected after a spurt of international publicity that climaxed with a surge of donations to finance repairs.

Police now have a suspect in their investigation to find whoever cut off a phallic rock that left just this stump behind. PHOTO: Trollpikken

Three days after Trollpikken was found to have been cut down, police report that they have questioned a person they suspect of being behind the vandalism. “The person is a suspect, also after being questioned,” local prosecutor Christina Nessa told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Police have said they now have hope they’ll be able to solve the case. The local landmark was deliberately damaged, and the vandalism has set off enormous public interest and commitment to repair the damage. The goal of raising NOK 200,000 to finance the repairs has already been reached.

Local tourism officials and politicians had been in the midst of mounting an effort to promote Trollpikken as an alternative tourist attraction to the other nearby rock formations Preikestolen, Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue) and Kjeragbolten. Both attract hordes of tourists, causing crowding and raising the risk of accidents. They ended getting more publicity for Trollpikken than they could have possibly imagined, after international media picked up on the story and spread it from Japan to the UK.

There’s been some suspicion that the promoters are behind the vandalism, with even the regional tourist chief saying her children have asked her if cutting off the penis-shaped rock was a PR stunt. “My kids have brought this up around the dinner table,” Elisabeth Saupstad, tourist chief for Region Stavanger, told NRK. “They wonder whether I did it, to raise interest, but I can of course deny that.”

She has no doubt that adults were behind the vandalism, given the advanced equipment they had to use to make the rock break off and tumble to the ground below. The motive for such an act remained unclear Tuesday even though the surrounding area is known for being Norway’s “Bible Belt” and extremely conservative. Some speculate that local fundamental Christians found the rock offensive after its promotion began.

“I’d never dreamed this attraction could get so much attention,” Kjetil Bentsen, leader of the local Trollpikken group that launched the effort to promote it as a tourist attraction, told NRK. “It would be great if we can get it up again.”

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

  • Roy Everson

    Amazing that the earlier story garnered 93 comments, 93! Well, it was one of those unique summer blasts that combine the elements of media hype: sex, tourism, mystery, religion and worship of nature. After all the puns have been met with groans there is a serious note to be considered.

    If it was indeed perpetrated by a local person who was offended by the direction the culture has taken, the debasement, the acceptance of vulgarity, well, who can blame him or her? For one thing tourists aren’t that welcome anywhere in the world except by the local people who benefit economically. Why would you want to attract tourists to your area when they could enjoy countless other attractions elsewhere and not get in your way? On top of that why focus on a rock formation made by nature or God or whatever and is only appreciated by humans for the titillating affects?

    If the neighborhood is so desperate for economic development they might invite a couple hundred refugees to live among them using their combined creativity to create new ventures. It’s just a rock, a broken rock with a hefty repair bill. Let it remain as it is in nature: another troll that lost a round with Christian lads.

    • richard albert

      As per my comment to the original story, pricks do tend to attract attention. At the peril of being repetitively redundant and quoting myself repeatedly, try media coverage on another (pre-emptive groan) p***k.
      https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/2016-election-demise-journalistic-standards/
      I am a little flummoxed here. Humanity is a magnificent, sordid, noble, smelly mass of altruistic, obscene, pious and exasperating naked, orgasmic, frigid apes. Decency is commendable but not exportable and is, like grammar, defined by a very small percent of the population in any given era. We hold Ancient Greece up as the founders of democracy, culture, and medicine. All true, I suppose. They also held pederasty as the purest form of love. The Noble Romans were ferocious slave-holders, epic fornicators mass murderers, and drunks. We rightly and strongly condemn, prosecute, and seek to obliterate these social norms as illegal imprisonment, child abuse and pornography. Does that entitle anyone to go to a museum and smash a phallic herm? A vase? The Pieta?
      But to condemn a local population on the basis of capitalizing upon natural phenomenon? Desperate for economic development in the happiest country in the solar system? Do you mean greed? Plunder the North Sea, OK. It helps pay for the dentist, if you wish to look at it that way.
      I have been roundly criticized for tagging my posts with quotations from the DNB 1930. Here is one more:
      “Den elskelige hind og den yndefulle stengtjet! Hennes barm kvege dig til enhver tid, av hennes kjærlighet være du alltid drukken!” (Salomos Ordsprog 5:19)
      Boobs? Drunken?