|Look at them, Mother Troll said. Look at my sons! You won't find more beautiful trolls on this side of the moon! (1915)|
It's by John Bauer, a Swedish artist best known for his illustrations for an annual fairy-tale series called Among Gnomes and Trolls.
He was the absolute master of visualizing trolls, and he liked best to contrast their huge, lumpen, ugly forms with tiny delicate humans - often children or princesses - in a spectacular show of vulnerability and barely-concealed menace.
I like to think I just went that one step further. That one step too far, if you like 😉
Because this is a story in which I don't hold back...
I'll let you know whether it meets editorial approval!