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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
TranslatorÅke Ohlmarks
IllustratorRolf Lagerson (1st ed)
Released1959, 1960, 1961 (1st eds)

Härskarringen ("The Ruling Ring") is the name of Åke Ohlmarks's translation into Swedish of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.


[edit] History

While the work as a whole is popularly known as Sagan om ringen in Sweden (and sometimes also titled so by the publishers), this is properly the title of the translation (published in 1959) of The Fellowship of the Ring. In 1960 followed Sagan om de två tornen (The Two Towers), and in 1961 Sagan om konungens återkomst (The Return of the King).[1]

Härskarringen was the second translation of The Lord of the Rings (the first being the Dutch translation by Max Schuchart, In de Ban van de Ring).[2]

A second Swedish translation of The Lord of the Rings came in 2004-5: Ringarnas herre, translated by Erik Andersson.[3]

[edit] Editions

A sample of different editions of Härskarringen:[4]

[edit] Critical reception

See: Åke Ohlmarks: Ohlmarks and Tolkien

In a letter of July 1960, Tolkien expresses his dislike for the cover art for Sagan om ringen, since it contradicts the text.[5]

[edit] External links


  1. Beregond, Anders Stenström, "Tolkien i svensk översättning: Från Hompen till Ringarnas herre", (accessed 14 June 2013)
  2. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide , entry "Translations"
  3. Charline Erliksson, "Översättningar: Ringarnas herre utmanad" dated 30 April 2008, (accessed 14 June 2013)
  4. Information derived by User:Morgan from his collection.
  5. Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology", Hammond& (accessed 14 June 2013)