The Three Billy Goats Gruff Bridge

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Bridge. Do you remember that fairy tale? The three goats crossing the bridge and outsmarting the troll that lived underneath? That is exactly what I thought of when I spied this bridge in Scotland.

According to Wikipedia, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” (NorwegianDe tre bukkene Bruse) is a Norwegian fairy tale[1] collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr, first published between 1841 and 1844.[2] It has an “eat-me-when-I’m-fatter” plot (Aarne-Thompson type 122E). The first version of the story in English appeared in George Webbe Dasent‘s translation of some of the Norske Folkeeventyr, published as Popular Tales from the Norse in 1859.[3] The heroes of the tale are three male goats who need to outsmart a ravenous troll to cross the bridge to their feeding ground.”

Fairy tales teach us so much. Their lessons are life lessons, don’t you agree? The three Billy goats taught the troll about greed. Can’t you just see that fairy tale on this bridge?