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The name "Tjorven" comes from a popular Swedish family-show on television in the early 1960s. Based on a book by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, the story is about a number of characters living in the archipelago outside Stockholm. A central character is a plump and sunny little girl nicknamed Tjorven.
In Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 'Tjorven' appears also as the name for a cat character Mikael Blomkvist finds during his stay at a guest house. Tjorven was also one of many nicknames for a woman who was accused of eating children in Romania
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