novel about a robber's daughter, originally written by Astrid Lindgren
Ronia is the daughter of Mattis, the chief of a group of bandits living in a fort hidden in the woods.One day she journeys out on her own and meets Birk, the son of Borka, the chief of a rival bandit clan. While competing over who can leap over a chasm the best
, Birk is rescued by Ronia from falling to his death and they secretly become friends.
The extremely faithful movie version
, directed by Tage Danielsson, was made in 1984 and became the highest-grossing film in Sweden that year, that was later expanded to a four-part TV Mini Series
. There is also a musical (by Axel Bergstedt) and a stage adaptation (by Barbara Hass), both of them German
. A Japanese animated TV series co-produced by Studio Ghibli
started airing in October 2014.
Ronia the Robber's Daughter provides examples of:
- Adult Fear: The things Mattis warns Ronja about when he sends her into the woods alone for the first time are just as worrying to a modern parent. Having your child get lost, fall into a river and drown, be taken by a predator (human or otherwise) or fall off a cliff is just as much a terror to a modern parent as it is to poor Mattis.
- All Trolls Are Different: There are numerous races of trolls, goblins and Fair Folk living in Matt's wood, most of them based on Scandinavian folklore and all of them with drastically different personalities and appearances.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Almost every robber. They happily sing when at home, in battle and when robbing.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Ronia is not happy about finding out how her father makes his living. She is even more displeased when she discovers what he has done to Birk.
- Casual Danger Dialogue:
- When Ronja finds Birk floating in the rapids, he is very collected about it:
Ronja: Birk! I thought you drowned!
Birk: Not yet, but soon. Do you hear the waterfall?
- When Ronja tries to save Birk after he falls into Djävulsgapet, he is fairly calm about it:
Ronja: Hold on!
Birk: Yeah, there's not much else to occupy oneself with down here.