Vandals Destroy Famous 'Troll Penis' Formation

Norwegians are raising money to restore it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 26, 2017 2:58 AM CDT
Norwegians Raise Money to Re-Erect Penis-Shaped Rock
The rock formation Trollpikken before its damage, in Egersund, western Norway.   (Ingve Aalbu)

Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and they noted drilling holes in the rock—something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately vandalized, the AP reports. By Sunday, more than 500 people had donated nearly 90,000 Norwegian kroner—around $10,600—to fix the formation located south of the southern coastal city of Stavanger. Activist Kjetil Bentsen tells public broadcaster NRK he is convinced the Trollpikken "will be rebuilt" with donated money.

Police are looking for tips to find the person or persons who did it. The culprit could face a one-year prison sentence for a serious environmental crime. Local tourist authorities had been trying to attract more visitors to Trollpikken—which means "troll penis"—amid overcrowding on the route to the "Trolltunga," or "troll tongue" formation. "Folks have been saying it’s destroyed forever but that's not true," says local contractor Sverre Garpestad, per News and Views From Norway. He says that with bolts and a special kind of mortar, it would be a simple job to give the formation "the Viagra that is needed." (Read more Norway stories.)

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