Vicke Viking

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Vicke Viking is a series of children's books by Swedish author Runer Jonsson. The series, set in the Viking era, was inspired by the Icelandic sagas and the Swedish novel The Long Ships. They were originally illustrated by Ewert Karlsson. The books have been widely translated, with the German version being particularly successful.

An animated television series, Vicky the Viking, and two films have been based on the series.

Plot overview[edit]

The books' main character is Vicke (Vicky in English, Wickie in German), son of Halvar, chief of the Viking village of Flake. Unlike his village fellows – including most of the other boys of his age – Vicke is blessed with a sharp and imaginative mind which helps him and his fellow Vikings out of many tight situations.

Characters[edit]

  • Vicke, the series' titular character, a boy of about 10 years of age. He is very timid and has a special fear of wolves, but his brains eventually help him solve any problem he's confronted with.
  • Halvar, Vicke's father and chief of Flake. A rather boastful character who prefers to solve problems with brawn, but who eventually learns to listen to and value Vicke's ideas.
  • Tjure and Snorre, two Vikings in Halvar's crew who constantly quarrel about anything despite (or maybe because of) the fact that they really care deeply about each other.
  • Urobe, the oldest Viking in Halvar's crew. While he is rather old and not as imaginative as Vicke, he is quite knowledgeable in sagas and legend lore, and he is respected as a fair judge and mediator.
  • Faxe is the biggest and strongest, but also the slowest, of Flake's Vikings. He enjoys a close big-brother relationship with Vicke.
  • Gorm, a rather over-excited fellow among the Flake Vikings who occupies the position of the lookout on Halvar's ship.
  • Ulme, a rather neat person who considers himself a poetic soul and even carries a harp to play on joyous occasions.
  • Ylva, Vicke's mother, who is far more supportive of her son's intelligence than his father is.
  • Ylvie, a young girl in Flake who is Vicke's neighbour and most ardent supporter. In the German movie adaptation this adoration is portrayed as a childhood crush.
  • Gilby, the strongest boy in Flake and Vicke's prime rival, though intellectually he is clearly Vicke's inferior.
  • Sven the Terrible, a vicious Viking pirate who does not hesitate robbing even his fellow Vikings of their hard-earned plunder.
  • Pokka, Sven's devious second-in-command.

Books[edit]

  • Vicke Viking (1963)
  • Vicke Viking lurar de rödögda (1965)
  • Vicke Viking Hederskung (1966)
  • Vicke Viking i Vinland (1967)
  • Vicke Viking hos burduserna (1969)
  • Vicke Viking störtar tyrannerna (1975)
  • Vicke tar över (1994)

Other media[edit]

  • There is a Japanese animated cartoon based on the story called Vicky the Viking, which enjoyed a tremendous success in the European children TV networks. A video game, Vicky the Viking: The Big Trial, was based on the cartoon.[1] A ride at the Plopsa Coo Studio 100 theme park in Liège reflects the show's popularity in Belgium.[2]
  • A German live-action movie adaptation of the stories by Michael Herbig, titled Vicky the Viking was produced in 2008 and saw public release in the summer of 2009.[3] A sequel to that adaptation was released in 2011 as Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Is Vicky brave enough to join the Viking quest?" Times Educational Supplement, 4 October 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2015]
  2. ^ Vicky the Ride, Coasterforce. Retrieved 11 March 2015
  3. ^ Munter, Stefan (12 October 2008). "On Location at Lake Walchen". Epoch Times. Retrieved 16 July 2009.