Ronia the Robber's Daughter

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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Ronia Robbers Daughter.png
Trina Schart Hyman's cover for Ronia the Robber's Daughter (1985 Puffin Books edition)
Author Astrid Lindgren
Original title Ronja Rövardotter
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Publisher Rabén & Sjögren
Publication date
1981
Pages 235 pp
ISBN 91-29-54877-2
OCLC 9462379
LC Class MLCS 82/9917

Ronia the Robber's Daughter (Swedish: Ronja Rövardotter) is a children's fantasy book by the noted Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, first published in 1981. In the film based on the story, Ronia was played by Hanna Zetterberg Struwe.

Plot summary[edit]

Ronia is a girl growing up among a clan of robbers living in a castle in the woodlands of early-Medieval Scandinavia. As the only child of Mattis, the chief, she is expected to become the leader of the clan someday. Their castle, Mattis's Fort, is split in two parts by a lightning bolt on the day of Ronia's birth. Soon afterwards, a different clan of robbers, the "Borkas", settles the other side of the mountain, resulting in much strife between the two clans. Ronia grows up with Mattis's clan of robbers as her only company. One day, Ronia sees Birk Borkason, the only son of the enemy chieftain, Borka, idling by the chasm that splits the two parts of the castle. He is the only other child she has ever met, and so she is sorry that he is a Borka. He engages her in a game of jumping across, which does not end until Birk almost falls down. Ronia saves him and they become friends.

The following winter is long and cold and although Mattis's robbers are well fed, their counterparts are suffering on the other side of the chasm. Ronia brings food to Birk through a secret passageway. They get very close but both know that they cannot tell their families. Later that year Birk saves Ronia from being captured by the faeries only to be captured himself by Ronia's father. Ronia gives herself to the Borkas so she must be exchanged, but as a result her father disowns her and refuses to acknowledge her as his daughter. Birk and Ronia run away to the woods. Ultimately their families repent of their feuding, and everyone is reunited.

Adaptations[edit]

Film[edit]

see Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (film)

In 1984, the book was made into a Swedish fantasy film. It was directed by the Swedish film director Tage Danielsson and adapted for screenplay by Astrid Lindgren herself. It was a major success, becoming the highest-grossing 1984 film in Sweden,[1] and winning a Silver Bear at the 1985 Berlin International Film Festival.[2] More than 1.5 million people attended its screenings in Sweden.[3]

Musical[edit]

Ronia in the musical

In 1994 the book was made into a German musical called "Ronja Räubertochter". The musical is written by Axel Bergstedt in the German language, and has orchestra, band and more than one hundred people on the stage.[4][5][6]

Stage[edit]

A production in the Balver Höhle was performed in 1993 and 2004 with its musical director Ralf Linke, Oberkirch (Baden) in 2006. The German adaptation was written by Barbara Hass.

Anime[edit]

A CGI television series from Japan is set to debut in Fall 2014. Titled Sanzoku no Musume Ronia, the show is being produced by Dwango, NHK, NHK Enterprises, Polygon Pictures and Studio Ghibli. The show will be directed by Goro Miyazaki and scripted by Hiroyuki Kawsaki.[7]

Translations[edit]

Ronia the Robber's Daughter has been translated into 39 languages.[8] Two English translations exist which provide different translations of the Swedish names.

Swedish, Ronja Rövardotter English, 1983, Methuen Children's Books, The Robber's Daughter English, 1985, Puffin Books, Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Ronja Kirsty Ronia
Mattis Matt Matt
Lovis Lena Lovis
Borka Ranulf Borka
Undis Hanna Undis
Birk Burl Birk
Skalle-Per Skinny-Pete Noddle-Pete
Tjegge Shaggy Shaggy
Pelje Proudfoot Pelle
Fjosok Fulke Foolok
Jutis Jolly Jutto
Joen Jip Jep
Knotas Knott Knott
Turre Tapper Tapper
Tjorm Tobbit Torm
Sturkas Bumper Bumper
Lill-Klippen Snip Little Snip

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmlund, Christine (2003). "Pippi and Her Pals". Cinema Journal 42.2 (Winter 2003): 4. 
  2. ^ "Awards for Ronja Rövardotter (1984)". Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Box office / business for Ronja Rövardotter (1984)". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ Musical "Ronja Räubertochter": Song of the wolf
  5. ^ Musical "Ronja Räubertochter": Ronja in the wood
  6. ^ Dance of the wild harpies
  7. ^ "Goro Miyazaki to Direct Ronia the Robber's Daughter TV Anime". 2014-30-01. Retrieved 2014-31-01. 
  8. ^ http://www.astridlindgren.se/varlden-runt/astrid-i-varlden
  9. ^ Edström, Vivi (2000) [1992]. Astrid Lindgren: A Critical Study. Eivor Cormack, trans. Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 271–293. 

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