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'''Astrid Lindgren''' ([[November 14|14 November]] [[1907]] – [[January 28|28 January]] [[2002]]) was a Swedish author and screenwriter.
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'''Astrid Lindgren''' ([[14 November]] [[1907]] – [[28 January]] [[2002]]) was a Swedish author and screenwriter.
  
Lindgren said that the works of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] had a great impact on her work<ref>[[Lars-Terje Lysemose]], "On the founding of Imladris", in ''[[Athelas (journal)|Athelas]]'' (the English annual), 1994.</ref> and she wrote three children's books in the genre of fantasy: ''Mio min Mio'' (1954; ''Mio, my Son''), ''Bröderna Lejonhjärta'' (1973; ''The Brothers Lionheart''), and ''Ronja Rövardotter'' (1981; ''Ronia the Robber's Daughter''). The first two novels might be caracterized as stories of fantasy reminiscent of ''[[The Hobbit]]'', where the heroes return home after a perilous adventure. And the latter, ''Ronia the Robber's Daughter'', has been described as a work reminding of the genre "[[wikipedia:High fantasy|High fantay]]".<ref>Johan Sandberg, "[http://tolkiensarda.se/new/nummer/magsidor/arttre9.htm Svensk fantasy svälter]" ("Swedish Fantasy is Starving") in ''[[Tolkiens Arda]]'', issue 14, 2003.</ref>
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Lindgren wrote three children's books in the genre of fantasy: ''[[Mio, min Mio]]'' (1954; ''Mio, my Son''), ''Bröderna Lejonhjärta'' (1973; ''The Brothers Lionheart''), and ''Ronja Rövardotter'' (1981; ''Ronia the Robber's Daughter''). The first two novels might be caracterized as stories of fantasy reminiscent of ''[[The Hobbit]]'', where the heroes return home after a perilous adventure. And the latter, ''Ronia the Robber's Daughter'', has been described as a work reminding of the genre [[wikipedia:High fantasy|High fantasy]].<ref>Johan Sandberg, "[http://tolkiensarda.se/new/nummer/magsidor/arttre9.htm Svensk fantasy svälter]" ("Swedish Fantasy is Starving") in ''[[Tolkiens Arda]]'', issue 14, 2003.</ref>
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In the late 1940s, when [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s ''The Hobbit'' was translated to Swedish as ''[[Hompen]]'', Lindgren was responsible for the department of Children's literature at Rabén & Sjögren (the publishers of the translation).<ref name=Lena>The committee for the Astrid Lindgren Society ([http://www.astridlindgren.se/ Astrid Lindgren-sällskapet]), through Lena Törnqvist (librarian and responsible for the Astrid Lindgren Archive at the [[wikipedia:National Library of Sweden|National Library of Sweden]]); private correspondance <!-- by user:Morgan -->as of 6 August 2010</ref>
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However, apparently the works of Tolkien did not have a direct influence on Lindgren's own works. While she has been attributed saying that Tolkien had a great impact on her work<ref>[[Lars-Terje Lysemose]], "On the founding of Imladris", in ''[[Athelas (journal)|Athelas]]'' (the English annual), 1994.</ref>, other informed sources claim that Lindgren in several interviews denied any influence by Tolkien and that she had not even read ''The Lord of the Rings''<ref name=Lena/>.
  
 
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*[http://www.lotrplaza.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=227858 Tolkien, Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson] on ''The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza''
 
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Astrid Lindgren (14 November 190728 January 2002) was a Swedish author and screenwriter.

Lindgren wrote three children's books in the genre of fantasy: Mio, min Mio (1954; Mio, my Son), Bröderna Lejonhjärta (1973; The Brothers Lionheart), and Ronja Rövardotter (1981; Ronia the Robber's Daughter). The first two novels might be caracterized as stories of fantasy reminiscent of The Hobbit, where the heroes return home after a perilous adventure. And the latter, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, has been described as a work reminding of the genre High fantasy.[1]

In the late 1940s, when J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was translated to Swedish as Hompen, Lindgren was responsible for the department of Children's literature at Rabén & Sjögren (the publishers of the translation).[2]

However, apparently the works of Tolkien did not have a direct influence on Lindgren's own works. While she has been attributed saying that Tolkien had a great impact on her work[3], other informed sources claim that Lindgren in several interviews denied any influence by Tolkien and that she had not even read The Lord of the Rings[2].

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  1. Johan Sandberg, "Svensk fantasy svälter" ("Swedish Fantasy is Starving") in Tolkiens Arda, issue 14, 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The committee for the Astrid Lindgren Society (Astrid Lindgren-sällskapet), through Lena Törnqvist (librarian and responsible for the Astrid Lindgren Archive at the National Library of Sweden); private correspondance as of 6 August 2010
  3. Lars-Terje Lysemose, "On the founding of Imladris", in Athelas (the English annual), 1994.