Troll Bridge

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Troll Bridge
by Terry Pratchett
CountryUnited Kingdom
Genre(s)Fantasy short story
Published inAfter the King
Once More* *with Footnotes
A Blink of the Screen
Publication typeAnthology
PublisherTor Books
Media typePrint
Publication date1991-11-15
Preceded byThe Light Fantastic
Followed byInteresting Times


Cohen the Barbarian tries to fulfil a lifelong ambition to defeat a troll in single combat.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this story.

Date Show Episode External link
2019-06-23 Pratchat “A Troll New World”
2022-11-21 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “What's It All About?”[1]
2024-02-11 Ficciópatas “«El puente del troll» de Terry Pratchett”[2]

Other appearances

These are episodes which contain significant discussion about this story, but which are primarily about something else.

Date Show Episode External link
2022-04-13 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Lords and Ladies (and Troll Bridge)”[3]
2023-04-12 Word Less “#22: The Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett”[4]


  • The short fan film Troll Bridge is a very faithful adaptation produced in Australia by Snowgum Films. It stars Don Bridges as Cohen, Glenn Van Oosterom as the horse, John Jenkins as Mica, Troy Larkin as Beryl, Ruben Francis as Scree and narration by Phil Zachariah. After being successfully crowdfunded in 2011 (with Terry’s blessing), a short 16-minute version was first screened at the Australian film festival Flickerfest in January 2019. DVD and Blu-Ray versions containing the 28 minute full-length version, plus the “Bloody Stupid Johnson” version with more additional material, were available exclusively to backers of the project. (As a fan work, it cannot be otherwise sold.) The 28-minute version of the film is available on YouTube, published there by Snowgum in January 2021. (Note that as the full version includes the names of all the crowdfunding backers in the credits, they take up approximately the last six minutes of the full-length film, accounting for a lot of the extended run-time over the festival version.) This version of the story includes a new prologue showing Cohen in his youth, which contains new dialogue written by Pratchett.
  • The Spanish language podcast Relatos Salvajes (“Wild Tales”) adapted the story for audio in March 2024. We don’t think this was authorised, so we’ve not linked it here; it’s also not clear (to us) whether it’s a straight up reading of the story, or an adaptation with a lot of narration.

External links


  1. This episode also discusses “A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices”.
  2. In Spanish; the show is “Fictional Psychopaths”, a show about short stories and short novels.
  3. This episode is primarily about Lords and Ladies.
  4. Discussion of “Troll Bridge” begins at around the 37 minute mark.