Mama Mecki gets rewarded for her sweeping. Papa Mecki offers a bouquet.
Dr. Mecki is tending an infant in the cradle-rocking chair. Note the ladder to the loft. I furnished the room.
The Mecki cook has just finished making fried eggs. I furnished the room in Tudor style, including the crocheted rug.
While looking for a home for my 3 in. Meckis, I found this Tudor style dollhouse at the fleamarket. The tag on the Mekis gave the following background. “In an old German fable, the Mecki through craftiness, logic, and shrewdness was able to defeat his natural enemy, the Fox. Even today each Mecki is created by hand with tenderness and care.”
Besides trolls from Scandanavia, hedgehogs from Germany were introduced circa 1950. Some, known as Meckis were made by the German Steiff toy company. The smaller 4.5 in. all-vinyl Mecki is unmarked. I made the crocheted skirt. The 9.5 in. hiker Mecki, also unmarked, has a vinyl head, felt hands, plastic shoes, and a wired cloth covered body. He carries a plastic Alpine bouquet. The 7 in. dwarf of felt who is looking on was made in Switzerland.
The two 10 in. Norfin trolls, one in yellow, the other in purple, are marked 604 on their feet. The third 12 in. doll, 1984-1985, came with a wrist-tag reading Baby Girl. She was made in Denmark by Dam Things Aps. and imported by EFS Marketing Assoc.
At the flea market someone was selling a collection of wooden trolls. They live here now along with their spears, treasure chests, and new names: Smog, Fog, Lug, Sneak, Dirty Girty, Flea, Fudge, etc. That is IT for trolls!!!
The box of Norfin Trolls Trading Cards describes the personalities of 50 individual trolls.
Trolls portray supernatural beings from Scandinavian folklore. Various companies copied the Fauni Trolls, circa 1952, designed by a couple from Finland, Helena and Martti Kuuslkoski.
Here are the trolls in their new cave. Trolls were reintroduced in the mid 1980’s with an improved vinyl body when the Norfin troll became available.