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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (1983)

by Astrid Lindgren

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    Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison (ammodramus88)
    ammodramus88: Both of these stories feature young women with minds of their own living in a northern European environment filled with folkloric beings. The mood is different in each story (Ronia's story seems to be a happier one, while Travel Light is more of an elegy for things going away), but there is a basic similarity between them.… (more)
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Ronia, the robber's daughter and heroine of this story, lives in a castle in the woods. When her father Matt, a fierce robber chieftain, decides that it's time for his daughter to venture out into the forest to familiarize her with their surroundings, and to learn of it's dangers, little does he know how impactful his decision will be on all of their lives. Ronia soon discovers that there is an entire world that lies beyond the castle walls, the only world she ever knew. The forest offers her a freedom she never knew existed. She will meet their archenemy's son Birk, in the forest, and their lives will become forever interwoven. They are both adventuresome and love nature. In addition to experiencing the fury of the seasons, as well as it's beauty, they will both learn many life lessons. Their unwavering friendship will break down barriers and their parents and robber friends will also start to see things in a different light, as the importance of family and friends will come into play. ( )
  linsleo | Mar 18, 2018 |
En klassiker, läste och levde som Ronja i fantasin, när jag var ca 10 år. Som vuxen tycker jag den är lika bra, den har allt; spänning, humor, glädje och sorg.
Ronja lever med sin familj som livnär sig på att röva. En dag flyttar en annan rövar familj in på andra sidan av borgen som Ronja bor i. I den familjen lever en pojke som heter Birk, som blir Ronjas bästa vän och de två upptäcker skogen tillsammans. De får uppleva både med och motgångar och deras respektive familjer är inte glada att de två blivit vänner... ( )
  anlej | Oct 20, 2017 |
Ronja Rövardotter är en stark tjej som vågar ge sig ut på egna äventyr och upptäcka omvärlden. ( )
  AnnikaLM | Sep 10, 2017 |
Mixed feelings towards this book, because at times I liked it, and at others it was a bother to read because nothing much happened. I started reading it for the sole purpose of Studio Ghibli doing an adaptation of this book into the studio's first animated series. Hopefully their series will not have such a drag in story and plot in the middle as this book did. I especially don't have tolerance for stories with nothing much going on in the forest, where the author takes up pages and pages of describing the forest and backdrop and the characters have no dialogue and are just "surviving in the forest" *cough* LOTR *cough*. But like most stories, it picks up again near the end of the book where the problems are resolved and we have the characters finally reacting to the problems and each other. I liked Matt (Mattis according to Wiki?) and Ronia's eponymous relationship the best, it being that that was what the whole book's gist was. Through it all Ronia remained a strong lead who made decisions for herself; at her core she is very "teen", essentially wanting to get away from home and live independently. I also liked the addition of all the robbers, and the feud between Matt and Bork, they brightened up the cast of characters and I'm such a sucker for a ragtag bunch of miscreants who make up a family. Hopefully the anime rids itself of the slow pace and keeps the action interesting and folklore fantasy and characters rich and striking as the best moments of the book did not lack! ( )
  Pashii | Aug 28, 2017 |
This one was given to me by the person with the best taste in children’s literature of anyone I’ve met. Obviously I had to read it! I actually enjoyed it even more than Pippi Longstocking. Where Pippi is all about an unusual girl dropped into the midst of regular society, Ronia is all about a girl living in the wild.

She is the only daughter of the leader of a band of robbers. They live in the forest and her boisterous father and strong-willed mother give Ronia plenty of freedom to explore her surroundings as she grows up. When she makes friends with a young boy in the forest she has no idea that it’s the son of her father’s nemesis.

BOTTOM LINE: Another adventurous female protagonist from Lindgren. I can’t wait to share her books with my daughter. Ronia is a wonderful example of being brave, kind, and generous of spirit. ( )
  bookworm12 | Dec 21, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Astrid Lindgrenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Altmann, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crampton, PatriciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hvam, KhristineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taanila, TuulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Törnqvist-Verschuur… RitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wikland, IlonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Den natten då Ronja föddes gick åskan över bergen, ja, det var en åsknatt så att allt oknytt som höll till i Mattisskogen förskrämt kröp undan i sina hålor och gömslen, bara de grymma vildvittrorna gillade åskväder mer än alla andra väder och flög med tjut och skrik runt rövarborgen på Mattisberget.
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Ronia lives with her father, a robber chieftain, and his band of men in their fortress on the top of a mountain. On the night Ronia was born, a bolt of lightning split the stronghold in two, leaving a huge chasm - Hell's Gap - in between. Soon Ronia is old enough to explore the forest around her, but she must beware of the grey dwarfs and wild harpies that live there. One day she meets Birk, the son of a rival robber leader who has claimed the other side of Hell's Gap, and upon whom Ronia's father instantly declares war. Ronia and Birk develop a friendship that is as indestructible as the mountain fortress itself. But with their families sworn enemies they are forced to keep their friendship a secret until one fateful day when Ronia's father catches Birk ...prompting Ronia and Birk to escape into the woods and fend for themselves. How long can Ronia and Birk survive in the magical forest? And will their fathers ever put aside their differences to get their beloved children back?
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