A [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] novel about a robber's daughter, originally written by Creator/AstridLindgren in 1981.

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. [[DefeatMeansFriendship 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 [[TheFilmOfTheBook 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 MiniSeries. There is also a musical (by Axel Bergstedt) and a stage adaptation (by Barbara Hass), both of them [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff German]]. A Japanese animated TV series co-produced by Creator/StudioGhibli started airing in October 2014.
!!''Ronia the Robber's Daughter'' provides examples of:

* AdultFear: 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.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: There are numerous races of trolls, goblins and FairFolk living in Matt's wood, most of them based on Scandinavian folklore and all of them with drastically different personalities and appearances.
* BoisterousBruiser: Almost every robber. They happily sing when at home, in battle and when robbing.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Ronia is not happy about finding out how her father makes his living. [[spoiler: She is even more displeased when she discovers what he has done to Birk]].
* CasualDangerDialogue:
** 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.
%%* CoolOldGuy: Noodle-Pete
* DeadpanSnarker: Skalle-Per/Noodle-Pete, very often. Lovis is also not too bad at it.
-->'''Skalle-Per:''' So what about this bull you wanted to take by the horns and throw into Hell's Gap? Made a great big noise when it fell down, did it? Must have echoed through the whole castle.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Birk and Ronia pretty early, [[spoiler:Mattis and Borka at the end]].
* DubNameChange: There are two English translations: the 1983 Methuen Children's Books' ''The Robber's Daughter'' and the 1985 Puffin Books' ''Ronia, the Robber's Daughter''. Both versions made some changes in the character names, the former being far more drastic. In the Methuen version, Ronja is called "Kirsty" while Puffin simply modified the spelling to [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Ronia"]]. TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronja_Rövardotter#Translations more extensive list]] of name-changes.
* EmotionalBruiser: Mattis is about as far from TheStoic as you can get, but it doesn't detract from his badass credentials in any way.
* TheFairFolk: In one scene, Ronia is almost abducted by them when they hypnotize her with their songs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Well, it's Swedish, so the radar is calibrated differently, but in the movie, when the robbers are celebrating Ronia's birth, Matt is laughing because Borka doesn't have any children and "probably doesn't even know ''how to make 'em''." The great belly-laugh from the other robbers leave the adult viewer with no doubt as to what Matt is talking about here.
* HiddenElfVillage: The robbers hideout at Matt's castle, for obvious reasons.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]]: Matt's reaction when Ronia tells him she doesn't want to be his daughter after he kidnaps Birk.
* InevitableWaterfall
* IOweYouMyLife: Birk to Ronja. Later on, when he repays her, they become friends.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Discussed. When Ronja [[CallingTheOldManOut calls her father on his robbing lifestyle]], he defends himself with that he gives to the poor as well. He is immediately called on it - the last time he did that was ten years ago.
* LargeHam: Börje Ahlstedt as Matt in the movie is one of the largest and most legendary hams in Swedish cinematic history.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Ronia and Birk begin to call each other "brother" and "sister" as a sign of their friendship despite their fathers being bitter enemies. Possible subversion in that they're only around 10 years old, so there's no romance ''yet.'' Birk's mother Undis even lampshades it:
-->'''Birk''': She is my sister.
-->'''Undis''': Sister? (scoffs) Well you know how that's going to turn out in a few years.
* LightningCanDoAnything: In the very first chapter, lightning strikes Matt's castle and splits it and the mountain beneath it in two, creating a deep chasm.
* LowFantasy: Somehow still manages to be a pleasant children's book.
* MafiaPrincess
* MamaBear: Lovis, even when her daughter's father becomes, in her words, "More than legally insane" with [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter Syndrome]]. Even though she is TheStoic to Mattis' LargeHam, she actually appears stronger than him (effortlessly lifting a heavy cauldron and a huge side of mutton that Mattis is struggling to move even in BerserkerRage). The robbers are right to fear her.
* ManChild: Matt.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: One of anime!Mattis' signature moves.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: At one point, all of Matt's robbers are chased out of the fort, stark naked, to "bathe" in the snow. The scene is played entirely for laughs.
* NotSoDifferent: Matt and Borka. Once they stop fighting, they get along quite well, [[VitriolicBestBuds in their own way]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Even though they are rivals, Matt springs Borka and his men from jail at great personal risk.
* OverlyLongScream: The film version has [[http://youtu.be/N-YqaoFo8bw a memorable one]].
* PapaWolf: Matt
* RealMenWearPink: Anime!Mattis rocks a pair of pink trousers and at one point cancels a raid so that he can feed his baby girl dinner. He also fights knights, harpies and greydwarves like a true badass.
* RebelliousPrincess: Ronia; Birk is a gender inverted version.
* TheRival: Matt and Borka
* SadlyMythtaken: Harpies aren't part of Swedish folklore. In the original Swedish version they're called "Vildvittror" (wild wights).
* SceneryPorn: The anime adaptation seems to consist of at least 50% scenery shots.
* SeparatedByTheWall: Well, by the deep chasm, anyway.
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Borka, when he and his henchmen are dressed in women's clothing to ambush Matt]]
* YoungLoveVersusOldHate: Ronia and Birk.