* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: One can read the fable with the troll as the protagonist, which can change the moral to something along the lines of "you shouldn't just keep waiting for something better to come along."
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The grass actually ''is'' greener on the other side, patience ''is not'' a virtue, violence solves ''everything'', and/or pass the buck if you're scared of facing a problem.
* FridgeLogic: Why would the troll let the first goats pass? After they tell him that the next goat is on the way, why not just eat them and wait for the next one? Sure, he still would have gotten trounced by the third goat, but he would have died with a full stomach. We can only assume that trolls are stupid in this setting.