Woodland Troll (UN-B-717)
1. 1. It was believed common practice during the middle years for the "wee folk" to swap one of their own dishevelled offspring for a much stronger human child. Only a simple test of fire could expose the replacement's true form.
The tale below is just one of many reported Troll encounters during the middle years. It is one of the better examples and follows the standard format of the majority of reports.
Mary and Thomas Lowenstoft were blessed with the birth of their second child, a content and handsome boy who in all measurable terms was of perfect health. On the eve of his first birthday the child was placed, as usual, at the top of the cornfield under the supervision of his older sister, while their mother toiled the crops.
All that morning, the child cried and was inconsolable despite being well cared for. As the day grew long, the child became feverish, and the mother was sent from the field to tend the child.