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The Fremont Troll

3405 Troll Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103 USA

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“Troll Under the Bridge”

Also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge is a public sculpture in the Fremont district of Seattle WA.

The Troll is a mixed media colossal statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (also known as the Aurora Bridge). It is clutching a VW Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle has a California license plate. The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap).

The segment of Aurora Avenue North under the bridge, running downhill from the Troll to North 34th Street was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005.

The piece was the winner of a competition sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990, in part with the goal of rehabilitating the area under the bridge, which was becoming a dumping ground and haven for drug dealers. It was built later that same year. The idea of a troll living under a bridge is derived from the Scandinavian fairytale Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Fremont has always been a vague and mysterious place. Some of the old timers here will tell you there were troll sightings ever since the Aurora Bridge went up in ’32. Of course, now there’s plenty of sightings. It seems the Troll sculpture has made Fremont into a regular magnet for Trolls, especially at the summer solstice and Halloween.

It all started in 1989 when our local Fremont Arts Council was approached about doing something more imaginative with the space under the Aurora bridge. Encouraged by the prospect of support and funding, a national competition was organized to select the best ideas. Arts Council activists Barbara Luecke, Roger Wheeler, Peter Beavis, Peter Toms and Denise Fogelman juried the field down to five finalists who were then commissioned to create models that would be voted on by the community at the Fremont Fair.

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Reviewed by
Dawn G. Johancsik

  • Road Warrior
  • 51 Reviews
  • 41 Helpful
August 29, 2014

Super fast and fun thing to see. It's up a very steep street where it dead ends into the troll. Kids and adults can climb on it and play but should be careful.

There is a donation box to help with the up keep. Donations keep fun things like this around, so donate.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 11, 2016

Dope! Super easy, quick, fun stretcher! And downtown Fremont has all sorts of neat shops and eateries just essentially a block away!! Theo chocolate factory is right there too!! It was super awesome! And if you park by the troll it's pretty much free street parking!! Believe It! Go! Have fun!!

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Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

  • Photographer
  • 298 Reviews
  • 121 Helpful
June 15, 2014

A pretty cool sculpture to check out. It's not as touristy as the space needle, but there's usually a few people there.

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Dana Newkirk

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  • 299 Reviews
  • 303 Helpful
May 27, 2014

He's big, and trollish, and a total tourist trap, but if you've never been to Seattle before he's worth checking out.

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SummerGaleVanWagoner

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October 10, 2016

I'm glad to see the address has been updated. When we went last month we had the hardest time finding it, because our GPS pinpointed it ON the bridge. I couldn't believe how many people were there! My 6 and 3-yr-old were afraid of it, lol.

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Reviewed by
Hannah Sager

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 25, 2016

Very cool! A quick stop and fun for adults or kids, a real crowd pleaser. As the area is covered by the bridge, it is a rain, hail or shine type of attraction.

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Josette Mitchell

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July 21, 2016

This was a very fun stop!! The kids had a blast, climbing on the troll trying to see who could get highest! A must do, these types of things are what make Seattle great!!!

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Reviewed by
Majungamike

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May 5, 2016

It also inspired the song "The Fremont Troll." Read the Ballard Tribune article (song link included): http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2016/04/19/news/chicago-band-releases-songs-inspired-ballard-and

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Reviewed by
JamieSwegles

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  • 0 Helpful
November 28, 2015

Ok, so this is a troll under a bridge. Sounds weird, honestly it is a little. I like odd ball thing so this was right up my alley or right under my bridge (haha) 😁 it is a must see because it's not like anything I've come across.

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dcb777

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  • 10 Helpful
June 26, 2015

Great FREE photo opt! Parking is difficult, but it's a fast stop.

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Selena1006

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  • 10 Helpful
April 15, 2015

This is a must see. Kids can climb on it and take fun pictures. Very cool

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The Fremont Troll

3405 Troll Ave N
Seattle, Washington
98103 USA

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