The Legend of the Ice People

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The Legend of the Ice People
Cover of the novel.
2012 e-book cover for the English e-book adaptation of Spellbound
Author Margit Sandemo
Original title Sagaen om Isfolket (Norwegian)
Language Norwegian
Genre Adventure
Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Historical
Publisher Katrin Agency
Published 1982–1989

The Legend of the Ice People (in Norwegian language Sagaen om Isfolket) is a 47-volume story of a family bloodline, first published in 1982.[1] The author of the series is Margit Sandemo. The novels are predominantly based in Scandinavia and focus on historical fact, but contain some fantastical elements. The series first began as a feuilleton in the Norwegian magazine Hjemmet. The first volume was released 1982, and the series became one of the best-selling series of novels in Scandinavia, with more than 39 million copies sold.[2]

The series was originally published in Norwegian, but have been translated into over eight languages including Swedish, Polish, Icelandic, Russian, Hungarian and English.

The Legend[edit]

Once upon a time, many centuries ago, Tengil the Evil went out to the wilderness and sold his soul to the Devil. He became the forefather of the Ice People. For wealth and power, one of his descendants, in every generation, would be cursed to serve the devil and perform evil deeds. Their distinguishing feature would be yellow cat eyes and they would possess magical powers. Some say they will never be free of the curse until they unearth the urn that Tengel the Evil is buried in. It is said to hold all his fearsome potions, and indicate how, one day a child of his blood will be born, gifted with knowledge and wisdom the like of which the world has never known before. So says the legend but no one knows if it’s true.

In the 16th century, a cursed child of the Ice People was born. He tried to turn evil to good, and therefore he was called Tengel the Good. This saga is about his family. Or maybe it is mostly about the women in his family.

Plot[edit]

The story begins in Trondheim, Norway in 1581, with the story of Silje Arngrimsdotter, and how she comes into contact with the Ice People, a community of outcasts living in an isolated valley. From there on it follows the Ice People through the centuries, with members of the clan migrating from Norway to Denmark and Sweden. Other members of the clan wind up in or visit various corners of Europe and Asia over the course of the series.

The Ice People are cursed with a terrible forefather, Tengel the Evil, whose actions resulted in at least one cursed individual being born in every generation. The cursed individuals were born with magical and mystical abilities, but also the potential for bottomless evil. The cursed men have yellow eyes, malformed shoulder blades and Mongol features, while the cursed women have yellow eyes, but are otherwise beautiful. Some cursed individuals fight their tendency for evil, whilst others embrace it.

Each book tells a separate story, very often the story of one or a few individuals of the clan. Quite often the protagonist of each book is a female, sometimes of the Ice People, but sometimes one who will marry into the clan. Many of the books also focus on the cursed individuals, their battle with their evil tendencies, and also how they utilise their powers, be it for good or evil.

Throughout the series, the cursed and their helpers steadily increase their efforts to rid the clan of the curse from Tengel the Evil. But the beastly forefather is not dead, he is merely sleeping, awaiting a special signal that will wake him up and allow him to take over the entire world with a reign of terror. Before this signal is played his descendants must find a way to defeat Tengel and rid themselves and the world of his curse. The end battle will require the birth of a very special individual as well as the help of some powerful mythological creatures.

Adaptations[edit]

Stage[edit]

In 2008 stage productions based upon the first three novels in the Legend of the Ice People premiered, receiving positive reviews from critics.[3]

Television[edit]

In 2011 it was announced that a television adaptation of the series was being planned, with an estimated length of 200 episodes.[4]

The Legend of the Ice People[edit]

Swedish title Norwegian title Icelandic title Translated title English title Polish title Hungarian title Published
1 Trollbunden Trollbundet Álagafjötrar Spellbound Spellbound Zauroczenie Varázslat 1982
2 Häxjakten Heksejakten Nornaveiðar The Witch-hunt Witch-hunt Polowanie na czarownice Átkos örökség 1982
3 Avgrunden Avgrunnen Hyldýpið The Precipice Daughter of Darkness Otchłań Örvényben 1982
4 Längtan Lengsel Vonin Longing Desire Tęsknota Vágyakozás 1982
5 Dödssynden Dødssynden Dauðasyndin The Mortal Sin Mortal Sin Grzech śmiertelny Halálos bűn 1982
6 Det onda arvet Den onde arven Illur arfur The Evil Legacy Evil Inheritance Dziedzictwo zła Nincs menekülés 1982
7 Spökslottet (novel) Spökslottet Draugahöllin The Ghost Castle Nemesis Zamek duchów Kísértetkastély 1982
8 Bödelns dotter Bøddelens datter Dóttir böðulsins The Executioner's Daughter The Executioner's Daughter Córka hycla A pribék lánya 1982
9 Den ensamme Den ensomme Skuggi fortíðar The Lonely One Samotny A magányos lovag 1982
10 Vinterstorm Vinterstorm Vetrarhríð Winter Storm Zimowa zawierucha Hóvihar 1983
11 Blodshämnd Blodhevn Blóðhefnd Blood Feud Zemsta Vérbosszú 1983
12 Feber i blodet Feber i blodet Ástarfuni Fever in the Blood Gorączka Nyugtalan szív 1983
13 Satans fotspår Satans fotspor Fótspor Satans Footprints of Satan Ślady Szatana A sátán lábnyoma 1983
14 Den siste riddaren Den siste ridder Síðasti riddarinn The Last Knight Ostatni rycerz Remény nélkül 1983
15 Vinden från öster Vinden fra øst Austanvindar The Wind from the East Wiatr od Wschodu Keleti szél 1984
16 Galgdockan Galgeblomsten Gálgablómið The Mandrake Kwiat wisielców A bitófa virága 1984
17 Dödens trädgård Dødens have Garður dauðans The Garden of Death Ogród śmierci A halál kertje 1984
18 Bakom fasaden Bak fasaden Gríman fellur Behind the Facade Dom upiorów Maszkabál 1984
19 Drakens tänder Dragens tenner Tennur drekans Dragon's Teeth Zęby smoka Sárkányfogvetemény 1984
20 Korpens vingar Ravnens vinger Hrafnsvængir Wings of the Raven Skrzydła kruka Hollószárnyak suhogása 1985
21 Vargtimmen Djevlekløften Um óttubil The Wolf Hour Diabelski Jar Farkasok órája 1985
22 Demonen och jungfrun Demonen og jomfruen Jómfrúin og vætturin The Demon and the Maiden Demon i panna Démon és angyal 1985
23 Våroffer Våroffer Vorfórn Spring Sacrifice Wiosenna ofiara Áldozat 1985
24 Djupt i jorden I jordens dyp Í iðrum jarðar Deep in the Ground Martwe Wrzosy A mélyben 1985
25 Ängel med dolda horn Engel med svarte vinger Guðsbarn eða galdranorn Angel with Hidden Horns Anioł o czarnych skrzydłach Álnok tündér 1985
26 Huset i Eldafjord Huset i Eldafjord Álagahúsið The House in Eldafjord Dom w Eldafjord Az eldafjordi ház 1986
27 Synden har lång svans Skandalen Hneykslið Sin has a Long Tail Skandal Skandalum 1986
28 Is och eld Is og ild Ís og eldur Ice and Fire Lód i ogień Láng és jég 1986
29 Lucifers kärlek Lucifers kjærlighet Ástir Lúcífers Lucifer's Love Miłość Lucyfera Lucifer szerelme 1986
30 Människadjuret Utysket Ókindin The Man-Beast Bestia i wilki A dúvad 1986
31 Färjkarlen Fergemannen Ferjumaðurinn The Ferryman Przewoźnik A révész 1987
32 Hunger Hunger Hungur Hunger Głód Éhség 1987
33 Nattens demon Nattens demon Martröð The Demon of the Night Demon Nocy Nem isten, nem ember 1987
34 Kvinnan på stranden Kvinnen på stranden Konan á ströndinni The Woman on the Beach Kobieta na brzegu A tengerparti lány 1987
35 Vandring i mörkret Vandring i mørket Myrkraverk Wanderings in Darkness Droga w ciemnościach Vándorlás a sötétben 1987
36 Trollmåne Trollmåne Galdratungl Magic Moon Magiczny księżyc Holdvarázs 1987
37 Stad i skräck Skrekkens by Vágestur A Town in Fear Miasto strachu A rettegő város 1987
38 Små män kastar långa skuggor Skjulte spor Í skugga stríðsins Small Men Throw Long Shadows Urwany ślad Csigaház 1988
39 Rop av stumma röster Rop av stumme røster Raddirnar Screams of Silent Voices Nieme głosy Hangtalan sikoly 1988
40 Fångad av tiden Fanget av tiden Fangi tímans Imprisoned by Time Więźniowie czasu A múlt börtönében 1988
41 Demonernas fjäll Demonenes fjell Djöflafjallið Demon Mountain Góra Demonów A démonok hegyén 1988
42 Lugnet före stormen Stille før stormen Úr launsátri The Calm Before the Storm Cisza przed burzą Vihar előtti csend 1988
43 En glimt av ömhet Et streif av ømhet Í blíðu og stríðu A Glimpse of Tenderness Odrobina czułości A szeretet hatalma 1989
44 Den onda dagen Den onde dagen Skapadægur The Evil Day Fatalny dzień Baljós nap 1989
45 Legenden om Marco Legenden om Marco Böðullinn The Legend of Marco Książę Czarnych Sal Marco legendája 1989
46 Det svarta vattnet Det svarte vannet Svarta vatnið The Black Water Woda zła A fekete víz 1989
47 Är det någon därute? Er det noen der ute? Er einhver þarna úti? Is There Anybody Out There? Czy jesteśmy tutaj sami? Van valaki odakint? 1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eventyr for voksne". NRK. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Britene oppdager "Isfolket"". ABC. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Isfolket på Fagernes Sol av Isfolket er eit friluftsteater på Valdres Folkemuseum, Fagernes.". Teaternett. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sagaen om Isfolket blir TV-serie". NRK. Retrieved 26 October 2012.