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HA HA! PUNY RECEPTACLE! YOU DO WELL TO FLEE, TOWNSPEOPLE! I WILL PILLAGE YOUR LANDS AND DWELLINGS. I WILL BURN YOUR CROPS, AND MAKE MERRY SPORT WITH YOUR MORE ATTRACTIVE DAUGHTERS, MARK MY WORDS — OOH! ALE! I SMELL DELICIOUS ALE!
―Olaf[src]

Olaf was Viking turned into a troll by his former lover Anya Jenkins.[1]

Biography[]

Becoming a troll[]

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Olaf, before becoming a troll.

Olaf was once human, a Viking warrior and troll hunter from Sjornjost, Sweden, living with his partner Aud. In the year 880, he cheated on her with a "load-bearing" bar matron named Rannveig,[1] so Aud cursed him with boils in his penis[2] and transformed him into a troll using the Thornton's Hope transmogrification spell.[1]

Life as a troll[]

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Olaf after Aud turned him into a troll.

The panache of this spell brought Aud to the attention of the lower being D'Hoffryn, who recruited her as a vengeance demon and renamed her Anyanka. Meanwhile, Olaf at first tried to make his compatriots recognize him, but they responded only in fear, believing he was only doing an impression of Olaf. Within minutes, Olaf adjusted to his new form and began enjoying his new status, terrorizing villagers and enjoying a diet of human babies and ale. He did so while wielding an enchanted hammer.[1]

Olaf was eventually trapped in a crystal by witches.[3]

20th century[]

In 2000, the crystal was kept in the Magic Box, and Olaf was freed from it when Willow's attempt at a simulated sunlight spell went awry. Olaf immediately went on a rampage through Sunnydale, where he vandalized public property and terrorized citizens, wishing to "make merry sport" with their more attractive daughters. Olaf was then struck with the smell of "ale," leading him to the Bronze, where he drank a whole keg of beer.[3]

Xander tried to reason with him, but Olaf was uninterested. Anya and Willow then came to the scene in an attempt to undo the spell. Having grown bitter about witches, Olaf tried to attack Willow, but Buffy prevented him from doing so. Olaf managed to divert Buffy and Spike's attempts before smashing the pillars holding up the mezzanine level of the Bronze, causing it to fall and injuring several patrons before leaving.[3]

Olaf returned to the Magic Box to kill Anya and Willow because they were just about to end his enjoyment. Xander came to the rescue, but Olaf thwarted his attempt and forced him to choose between letting either Willow (his best friend) or Anya (his girlfriend) die, breaking Xander's arm to that effect. Buffy intervened and began fighting Olaf. Anya then distracted him by insulting him verbally while Willow worked on the spell. Willow separated him from his mystical hammer, but Olaf's strength still proved a challenge to the Slayer.[3]

Olaf threw Buffy to the ground and taunted her for trying to save her friends, telling her that Xander and Anya's relationship would not last. Because Buffy was recently recovering from a break-up, the idea of Xander and Anya separating made her overwhelmed with tears and gave her the push to get up and defeat Olaf. Buffy beat him unconscious while proclaiming: "Their love... will last... forever!" Willow then completed the spell and sent him to an alternative universe. Willow stated that she attempted to send him to the Land of the Trolls, although she wasn't sure that he would reach that specific dimension.[3]

Olaf's enchanted hammer was left in the Magic Box,[3][4] and Buffy prized it for herself. She would later use it during her battle against Glorificus, as the weapon of godly power would be powerful enough to hurt one.[5]

Powers and abilities[]

Olaf was considered the largest troll his fellow villagers had ever seen,[1] and Anya referred to him as a "Trollgod."[5]

As a troll, Olaf possessed superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and sense of smell (he was able to detect the presence of beer from a considerable distance).[3]

His "godly" hammer was shown to be a formidable weapon, being able to send people flying with a single swipe[3] and even pummeling a deity into submission.[5] Even without the hammer, however, Olaf still possessed superhuman strength.[3]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Selfless"
  2. "Something Blue"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 "Triangle"
  4. "Blood Ties"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Gift"
  6. "Triangle Scrip." BuffyWorld. Archived from the original on July 31, 2019.
  7. "Buffy- Selfless." BuffyWorld. Archived from the original on July 25, 2019.
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