Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
She was hanging from the flagpole.. Emil hoisted her up the flagpole as a game. They both thought it was a lot of fun, but the adults didn't. (Although one near-sighted lady asked Emil's parents why they kept the Danish flag!)
Birk. To Ronia, rumphobs are part of what makes the forest nice to stay in, and being a robber's daughter she finds robbers highly natural. As for a knife, you simply can't do without one in the forest. Birk, whoever, she hates the moment she finds out he's the son of her father's worst enemy, and she wants nothing to do with him. Although she eventually changes her mind about that...
A pig gave birth to him.. The pig was very surprised and never quite liked her dragon baby, according to the girl who tells the story.
Death! Death!. Death! Death! Astrid Lindgren lived to be very old, and she explained that she and her sister always greeted each other with those words. That way, they had talked about death right away, and could move on to nicer subjects. Astrid Lindgren didn't seem very afraid of death, and once said, "I don't mind dying, I'll gladly do that, but not right now, I need to clean the house first."
Madicken. She's called Madicken, although her birth name is Margareta. In the British translation (somewhat more faithful to the original than the American version) she's called Mardie.
Bill Bergson. Bill Bergson is a member of the White Rose gang, three kids who spend their time playing with or fighting the Red Rose gang. He is also a great admirer of fictional detectives such as Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey, but finds that crime is quite different in real life. The three books about him are called "Bill Bergson, Master Detective", "Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously" and "Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue". In Swedish, Bill Bergson is called Kalle Blomqvist.
one. In 1944, Astrid Lindgren wrote the book "Confidences of Britt-Mari" ("Britt-Mari lattar sitt hjarta"), which was a girl's book of the kind common in those days. Because Pippi was rejected at first and had to be rewritten, this book was published first. She wrote a few more books in the same style as the one of Britt-Mari, but they were never as popular as her other books.
He jumped from a window.. When the brothers' home was on fire, Jonathan jumped out of a window with his little brother Rusky on his back, and the fall killed him. He was completely calm at the time of death, and his last words were, "Don't cry, Rusky. We'll meet in Nangiyala." Which they did - Rusky died (presumably of tuberculosis) soon after his brother's death.
There was already a famous character called Emil in a German children's book.. Erich Kaestner wrote the children's mystery novel "Emil und die Detektiven" ("Emil and the Detectives") in 1928 - long before Astrid Lindgren started writing books.
They sit under the table.. In order to get rid of their little sister and play alone, Jonas and Mia-Maria tell Lotta that pirates sit under the table saying "more food, more food" until Christmas.
Children of Noisy Village. The other books have been filmed as well. Both "Seacrow Island" and "Pippi Longstocking" have been filmed by Olle Hellbom, who was Sweden's most prolific director of Astrid Lindgren stories. (Pippi has also been filmed in English several times.) "Ronia the Robber's Daughter" was filmed by Tage Danielsson.
2002. Astrid Lindgren died in 2002. She was 94 years old, and yet her death caused grief in many parts of Sweden.
Brothers Lionheart. In the beginning of the book "Brothers Lionheart", the narrator and his brother both die and go to the country of Nangiyala. This place first seems like heaven, but it later turns out that there is evil in this new world as well, and the brothers have to fight it. By the end of the novel, the two of them die again, supposedly moving on to the country of Nangilima.
Junibacken. The house is called Junibacken after the home of Madicken from the book by same the same name (in English known as "Mardie's Adventures" or "Miscievous Meg", depending on the country). She is also its logotype, trying to fly with the help of an umbrella.
in two braids. Pippi's hair is described in the book as being the same colour as a carrot and braided into two tight braids sticking straight out. She also has a nose like a very small potato and a wide mouth.
I can see the light. "I can see the light" is the last line of the book.
A jump off a cliff. Katla and Karm fight to the death and distract each other which lets Jonathan and Rusky get away, but a lick of Katla's Fire catches Jonathan and the horses and paralyses them shortly afterwards. Karl takes Jonathan on his back and jumps off the cliff so they can be together in Nangilima.
Orvar. Orvar is the leader of the resistance in Cherry Tree Valley, and Jonathan must save him before he is sacrificed to Katla. Jonathan and Karl save Orvar from Katla's Cavern in the nick of time.
The tattoo on Jossi's chest. Jossi has the Mark of Katla branded on his chest. Rusky sees it and tells the others who force Jossi to open his shirt, thus proving his treachery.
A white pigeon. Bianca is a white pigeon who carries messages for the Resistance. She belongs to Sofia.
Behind the sideboard. Rusky finds Jonathan hiding in the secret chamber when 'blind chance' and a white pigeon lead him to Mathias's house and he is saved from the guards.
Jossi. "The Golden Cockerel" is the tavern and Jossi is the landlord. Most people call him by the name of his tavern.
Fyalar. Grim is Jonathan's horse. Rusky was always afraid of horses before, but once he gets to Nangiyala he isn't afraid any more, and finds he can ride as though he's been doing it for years.
In a fall from a window. Jonathan takes Rusky on his back and jumps from the window to escape the house fire. Jonathan saves his brother but then dies from injuries sustained in the fall.
Karl. Jonathan always calls his brother 'Rusky' because he says that "he loves rusks, especially little ones like Karl".
Spring Yell. When Spring arrives, Ronia feels it building up inside her so that she has to scream aloud. She warns Birk not to be afraid - it's just her Spring Yell!
The location of a silver mine. Noddle-Pete once saved the life of a young Gray Dwarf who was so grateful that he showed Noddle-Pete a hidden silver mine. Noddle-Pete never divulged the information to anyone but Ronia, and she, in turn, told only Birk, so that they could make their fortune when they became adults and not become robbers like their fathers.
Greedy Falls. When Ronia and Birk are swimming, they always know it's starting to get dangerous when they see the large rock, called Greedy Hump, sticking out in the middle of the river. They then swim for shore in order to reach safety before going over Greedy Falls.
The Wolf Song. Ronia tries, without much success, to sing The Wolf Song the first night that she and Birk stay in the Bear's Cave, but it makes her too sad when she can't sing it like her mother does and she never sings it again.
Harpies. Gray Dwarves are small and grey (naturally) and are known for biting and scratching small humans - they are easily frightened off by shouting and firmly standing your ground. The Unearthly ones sing strange, unearthly songs to tempt people away in the mist, only for them never to be seen again. Rumphobs are small beings, mostly harmless, and known for their odd speech patterns, ("Woffor did 'un do that?"). The wild and beautiful Harpies fly shrieking around the forest, hoping to find small children to torment and take back with them to their mountain lair. They love to scratch and "make the blood run" - their cruel laughter rings throughout the forest!
Villain and Savage. One horse tries to bite Ronia's fingers when she first approaches. Birk asks, "Do you mean that villain snapped at you when you were giving him bread?" Ronia decides Villain is a good name for her horse and Birks asks her to name his horse for him in exchange. She says, "He's just as crazy - you can call him Savage."