Disa Törngren

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Cover of the Swedish edition of J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

Disa Törngren was a Swedish publisher, translator and author. Among her literary achievements was the co-authoring of Hexikon: En sagolik uppslagsbok (1981; ["Hexicon: An Encyclopedia of Fairy-tales"]).

Disa Törngren's son, Erland Törngren, has described how his mother (then working as Head of the fiction department of the publishing house Geber), having heard about the success of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in England, contacted Stanley Unwin during the later 1950s in order to negotiate the Swedish publication rights.[1] On behalf of Almqvist & Wiksell/Gebers Förlag, Törngren wrote on 3 July 1956 to Allen & Unwin that Åke Ohlmarks had been chosen as the translator of The Lord of the Rings.[2]

In 1978, her translation of Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography was published. The poems included in the book were translated by Åke Ohlmarks.[3]

Translations, selected


  1. Erland Törngren, "När Sagan om ringen kom till Sverige" ["When The Lord of the Rings came to Sweden"] (published 14 December 2001) at Nationalencyklopedin ["The National Encyclopedia"] (accessed 11 April 2011)
  2. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, pp. 1032-3
  3. LIBRIS - Catalogue of the National Library of Sweden
Translators of J.R.R. Tolkien's books into Swedish
 Roland Adlerberth · Erik Andersson · Britt G. Hallqvist · Öjevind Lång · Åke Ohlmarks · Tore Zetterholm