|Niels Bugges Kro|
The trip to Troldeslugten starts at the parking place by Niels Bugges Inn. The first part behind the inn is the pond where you might see birds like the grey wagtail, the white-throated dipper and the kingfisher, but they don't show their present right now, so we'll continue on the path along the ravine with the crooked trees. Troldeslugten ("the Troll Ravine") is like the whole area - which surrounds the big lake at Hald - created by the ice and the glacial rivers during the laste Ice Age. Most trees here are up till 300 years old beech trees. The place looks like some kind of Nordic jungle, but it is a natural forest and as such an "untouched forest" = the forest takes care of itslef. In the bottom of the ravine are several springs, which feeds the pond at Niels Bugges Inn.
The path is steep in some places, and the trees are very crooked, leaning across our heads. It must be a spooky place at night, but here in the sunlight with the light green leaves of May it looks very friendly.
F. fomentarius was used as the main ingredient of amadou, a material used primarily as tinder, but also used to make clothing and other items. The 5,000-year-old Ötzi the Iceman carried four pieces of F. fomentarius, concluded to be for use as tinder. It also has medicinal and other uses. The species is both a pest and useful in timber production.
photo Hald, Troldeslugten May 2012: grethe bachmann