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Recap / Hilda S 1 E 1

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Hilda finds herself at odds with the Little People, and must make an unlikely ally in order to avoid having to move to Trolberg.


  • Adaptation Amalgamation: The episode combines the plots of "Hilda and the Troll" with the first half of "Hilda and the Midnight Giant".
  • Adapted Out:
    • The episode leaves out a scene from "Hilda and the Troll" where Hilda spends a night outside in her tent.
    • An elf named Tomas is left out of the scene between Hilda and the Elf Mayor. His role is given to Alfur instead.
    • Downplayed with the Woodman; he is present, but in a smaller role than in the graphic novels. In "Hilda and the Troll", he is there when the Troll comes to Hilda's house, and he figures out why the Troll is upset.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: The elf mayor's beloved cat wanders into Hilda's hair, letting her negotiate for the location of the Prime Minister.
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  • Cave Behind the Falls: The Prime Minister's house is inside one of these.
  • Cold Open: Hilda encounters a troll and removes the bell she put around its nose. Doubles as an establishing character moment for Hilda.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The episode opens with several:
    • The first few opening shots are framed around a bird that looks almost exactly like the Great Raven, flying from Trolberg to Hilda's house in the wilderness.
    • The bird passes by Victoria Van Gale's weather station on its way out of town.
    • Hilda briefly gets picked up by a friendly water spirit when hopping over some rocks in the river.
    • Possibly unintentional, but Hilda struggles against a tiny blizzard which seems to be caused by a resting weather spirit.
  • Herald: Alfur becomes this, starting Hilda on her Call to Adventure.
  • Intangibility: The only reason Hilda and her mom haven't caused any damage to the Elf town just outside their house yet, is that the eleves and their houses are both intangible and invisible to those who haven't filled out the proper paper work.
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  • Pet the Dog: Hilda removing the bell from the troll's nose when she realizes that's what was making it crazy.
  • Mayor Pain: The mayor of the elf village has only eyes for his cat, and is rude and unhelpful to Hilda. Only when she accidently takes his cat hostage is he willing to cooperate.
  • Moving The Goal Posts: Whenever Hilda thinks she's found the person who can call off her and her mother's eviction, it seems that they just lack the authority to do so, forcing her to go to the next person up the chain of command.
  • Mysterious Note: The little people leave one in the form of an eviction notice on Hilda's front doorstep.
  • Nothing Personal: When Hilda comes to negotiate with him, the Prime Minister claims he has nothing against her personally, and only promised to get rid of her and her mother since he knew it would get him elected.
  • Pregnant Hostage: The mayor's cat is pregnant while in Hilda's hair, and actually gives birth inside it!
  • Right-Hand Cat: The mayor has one.
  • Saving the Orphanage: Hilda sets out to convince the elves to stop harassing her and her mother, so they won't have to leave the house her great-grandfather built.
  • Strongly Worded Letter: This is Hilda's first attempt at telling off the elves.
  • Trespassing to Talk: A non-threatening example. Alfur has to enter Hilda's room in the night uninvited so that she can see the elves and understand why they want her to move.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Both the letters that the elves send to Hilda and her mother, and how they trash her house in the middle of the night.


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