Trollegata och Trollevägga 2017
Trollegata och Trollevägga 2017 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Trollegata & Trollevägga

Legendary gorge near Rumskulla

Trollegata och Trollevägga in the woods near Rumskulla, about 23 kilometers west of Vimmerby, is a ravine and a steep wall, which have grown some local legends.

In earlier times, when goods were still transported by horse and cart, the path through the gorge Trollegata was part of a network of paths that could only be used in winter, when the swampy ground was frozen.

The gorge is 250 meters long and is bounded on one side by the Trollevägga, a smooth and 40 meters high rock wall. The opposite side of the gorge consists of a high scree slope of large boulders.

The rock wall is not only beautiful to look at, but is also officially used as a popular climbing wall. With various climbing routes of difficulty levels 3+ to 7+, the wall is suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers.

The legend of the Trollegata

At the entrance to the gorge is a sign that tells one of the legends that have grown up around the Trollegata. It is about a little cowherd who got lost in the Trollegata in search of her runaway cows, where she met two terribly ugly, starving troll children.

After sharing her bread with the little goblins, the troll mother told the girl where to find her runaway cows. From that day on, the cows she kept were fat and gave more milk than others. When the girl took care of the cows of another farmer the following year, his cows became fat and gave more milk, while the animals of the first farmer were thinning.

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