Short Story:Troll Bridge

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"Troll Bridge" is a Discworld short story, written by Terry Pratchett in 1991 for a collection entitled After The King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The story stars Cohen the Barbarian, who plans to prove himself by killing a Troll in single combat. Instead, he and the Troll find themselves reminiscing about how the Discworld used to be, when trolls all hid under bridges to be killed by heroes, and the land was not yet settled. It ends with Mica, the Troll, giving him three addresses...

French publisher L'Atalante released the story as a novella. The story was republished in A Blink of the Screen.

A short film of Troll Bridge, produced by Snowgum Films, was completed in 2019.

In 2016 a new bridge was built in Cale Park in Wincanton; the naming of the bridge was turned over to the public with the winning entry naming it Troll Bridge after Terry Pratchett and his story.

Troll Bridge in Cale Park