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Troldkirken

Langdysse

Fieldnotes

Featured in The Megalithic European (TME) page 159.

Access: Walk of around 500m along clear and reasonably even track, gently climbing. Very muddy in the weather I was there in! The final section is a path across a field, which may be slippery and is a good bit steeper.

Troldkirken is about 9km west of Aalborg. To reach the monument, take the 187 E-W between Aalborg and Sønderholm.

Just to the east of Sønderholm, turn south to Store Restrup (St Restrup). When you reach a crossroads with a more major road, turn right (west) and continue for about 1km - when the road is going uphill you are close.

There is a layby on the north side of the road for parking, and a signpost for Troldkirken - but it's so huge you'll be able to see it clearly on its little hill from the road.

Visited 6 April 2006
'The Troll's Church' is a big 'un!! On the day I saw it, it was a big wet 'un! (Please excuse the raindrops on the photos!)

The small hill (exaggerated by quarrying in the past) it stands on is visible from miles around. From the south, the langdysse, and particularly the huge chamber are clearly visible.

As a matter of fact, I'd forgotten that there is more here than just the dolmen. Although reduced to the level of the bottom of the chamber, this is still an impressive earthwork, 90m long, with plenty of big kerbstones to impress. (Bit of a shame they've been joined by a concrete 'trig' point!)

You have plenty of time to get to appreciate its positioning on the walk up Troldkirkenvej, and there is a very nice round barrow 'høj' to add some extra interest to the walk. The view of Troldirken itself to the NW from the top of the høj is superb - I recommend it highly.

By the way, if you look at the 'inline map' for Troldkirken by clicking the 'Show map' link near the top of this page, there are some interesting cropmarks around the site, most noticeably some immediately to the SW of Troldkirken itself.
Moth Posted by Moth
30th July 2007ce
Edited 24th June 2008ce

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