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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  14,522 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 5th 1985 by Puffin Books (first published 1981)
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Elysse Breaux The CG anime, "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya", is done by Studio Ghibli, produced by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazki, and currently airing as a 26…moreThe CG anime, "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya", is done by Studio Ghibli, produced by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazki, and currently airing as a 26 episode series (as of today's date 3 episodes are released). It's under the title "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya" for anyone who wants to check it out, just Google it!

Hopefully it will be dubbed in English/Swedish in the future but in the meantime there are English subtitles!

So far it's spot on with the book (character's looks, the dialogue and events) though it will probably expand Ronia's adventures in the forest. Definitely worth checking it out, especially if you're a Studio Ghibli fan.(less)
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Dec 23, 2011 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Madeleine L'Engle fans
Recommended to Sparrow by: Heather Svensson
This was probably my favorite book I read in 2011. My friend gave it to me last year or the year before, and I always take a while to get to books that people have given me. I have to warm up to the concept of the book and get used to the cover and think about what mood would be the best for a read. I’m glad I waited so long to read it because the time/place for the read was perfect. I just enjoyed the hell out of this story. A lot of elements of the story hit my favorite things, and I loved its ...more
There's this thing that happens to some children's authors who become too successful. They realise that every kid grows up reading their books, and they gradually start to feel that they ought to be, you know, telling them something important rather than just entertaining them...

So in this case we have Astrid Lindgren, who'd already written Pippi Långstrump, Emil I Lönneberga, Karlsson På Taket and several other timeless masterpieces. These books are as light as air, and any message they're impa
Feb 03, 2009 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
When I had finished the previous book, a book translated from Swedish, J handed me this book, another book from Sweden. I was not familiar with the author until I saw she had written Pippi Longstocking - and of course I had heard of Pipi, even though I had never read any of her adventures.

I had a great time with this book. Not only was it translated literature, but also kid lit, which I adore. The author made you really love the world in which Ronia is growing up - you could practically hear the
Jan 02, 2008 Constanze rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fathers, mothers, children (grown-up children, too)
This has been one of my favourite books ever since I first read it at around eight years of age. I hadn't re-read it in at least five years, though, and was amazed at all its subtleties: it deals gently, but without pretense, with themes of gender, politics, death, and above all growing up -- the bond between parents and children, the difficulties of letting go, and of becoming your own person. At the same time, it is a very enjoyable story of adventure and exploration; it has fantasy elements a ...more
Marylin Haidri
So if I ever have a daughter, I may name her Ronia in hopes that the child will be even half as plucky, wild, and big-hearted as the heroine of this book. Set in the cold and lonesome woods of Scandinavia somewhere, two robber families feud in a sort of viking version of the Capulets and Montagues. From these families come our our fierce little Ronia and kind red-headed Birk, meant to be sworn enemies but instead become sworn brother and sister. Their loyalty to each other in the face of parenta ...more
How I adored Ronja when I was a little kid. Tough, stubborn and so very, very cool (though I didn't use that word yet back then I believe).

And what a magical world she lived in! How I longed to be there, scary as it sometimes was!

Definitely one of my all-time favorites, and recommended for head-strong girls everywhere.
Looking for something, I just stumbled across an old, pretty worn copy of this book and immediately lots of memories and feelings popped up.
As a little child, this was one of my absolute favorites and I listened to it and - when I was older - read it countless times.

To me this was far better than any of the other books by Astrid Lindgren and I know almost all of them. But not having read this book in a few years now, I can't really explain why this is. Probably that's another good reason to rer
The perfect story. Really-- there are no flaws with this book. Every character, every scene, every feeling is absolutely right. I love Ronia. I love Birk. I love Matt and Lovis and Noddle-Pete and everyone. This book made me laugh out loud and even brought tears to my eye. I love the adventure and the cockiness and the love and the, well, everything! I'm so so glad I bought it for my daughter for Christmas. She loves it too. So, if you have a child aged 5-12, buy this book and read it to them. I ...more
i have been saying "woffer dun do dat" my whole life. i adore this book. just incredible. pippi is wonderful but this story is so moving and so well-written and fascinating... it far surpasses pippi. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Alexis Neal
Another classic from my childhood. Lindgren is a very capable Swedish author (best known for Pippi Longstocking and Mio, My Son), and this book is a great example. Lindgren presents the life of a robber's daughter quite compellingly--the day to day pleasures of life in and around the woods are told in vivid detail; the reality of robbing and other adult concerns are only vaguely addressed. In that sense, it is very like a child's view of life. Ronia, the title character, is spunky and courageous ...more
Best book ever! Oh, and the picture on the cover...Ronia is so hot! She's how I imagined myself to be in my ten-year-old dreams.

On a dark and stormy night, a huge bolt of lightning shot down from the sky and SPLIT Matt's Fort in two. That was the night that robber Matt's daughter, Ronia, was born. But that same night, another baby was born...Birk, son of Matt's robber rival, Borka. When Borka moves his band of robbers into the other side of Matt's fort, on the other side of the chasm caused by
I love this book! I've loved it ever since I read it as a child. The characters are great and the harpies scared me when I was young. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great, feelgood read.

ETA: I re-read this book in September 2012 after many years of not having read it. I still love it. Yes, as I'm much older now, it seems very simplistic, but it is a children's book. I love the robber's forest and can't help but think there is a whole world there that we only get to see a lit
My German roommate first recommended this to me, and before I knew it she gave a copy to me as a gift. Noora my Finland friend later on also recommended this book, so I assumed it must be a classic for children in Europe.

I am not disappointed. I love all the characters: the no-nonsense of Lovis, the childlike qualities of Matt and all the other robbers. Every aspect of the book is pretty much just-right. It is light and funny but also has serious parts. Very well-balanced, I should say.
Mihail Kostov
Астрид Линдгрен е доказателство, че детските книги могат да бъдат по-стойностни и по-зрели от тази, които се четат от „порасналите“. Тя се осмелява да разглежда теми като съзряването и смъртта, а в случая, макар никъде да не се споменава направо, става въпрос за брака и най-вече за компромисите и жертвите, които хората трябва да правят.
Въпреки това, книгата не ме впечатли толкова, колкото „Братята с лъвски сърца“ и моят фаворит „Емил от Льонеберия“
Pippi Longstockingget all the attention, but this book is better. While Pippi is wonderful, Ronia is real, and any girl can easily see herself as her. It is a wonderful story with a little more emotion than Pippi.
Rebekka Berthold
“Then she realized that there was even more to the world than she had thought. And it made her sad that the stars were there but she could never reach them, no matter how far she stretched her arms toward them.”
This is a book I would have loved had I read it when I was Ronia's age. 6th grade, on the cusp of puberty, I got into a lot of arguments with my father that made me wish I could run away and live in a Bear's Cave with a hot red-headed dude too.

But reading it as a 24-year-old woman is a slightly different perspective. I read this from two points of view that helped me to appreciate the story and the writing a bit more than if I was reading this merely as an adult female with no particular lens.
Olen lukenut kolme Lindgrenin kirjaa ("Ronja Ryövärintytär", "Mio, poikani Mio", ja "Veljeni Leijonamieli"), joistan tämän sekä suomeksi, että ruotsiksi. Tästä myös pidin eniten, sillä toisin kuin kahdessa muussa yllämainitussa, tässä puuttui mustavalkoisuus-aspekti lähes tyystin. Ei ollut kaameaa pahista (kuten Mion "Kato" tai Leijonamielen "Tengil", jotka ovat niin pahoja kuin olla voi), ja hyviksetkin olivat ryöväreitä. Ronja tosin kieltäytyy jatkamasta isänsä ammattia, mutta isä ei silti ole ...more
Hach, schön das mal wieder zu lesen. Mein Lieblingskinderbuch. Ich liebe Ronja einfach! Eine schöne Geschichte über Freundschaft und Überwindung unsinniger Feindschaft und irgendwie auch eine Liebeserklärung an die Natur und den Frühling.

Was ich besonders schön finde und was das Buch gegenüber anderer Lindgren-Bücher (die ich auch (fast) alle liebe) abhebt: es ist keine episodenhafte Erzählung sondern eine einzige zusammenhängende Geschichte, die auch eine Botschaft übermittelt. Es braucht keine
I Really enjoyed reading it. I got into it after watch Goro Miyazaki's anime series of it (if you liked the book, the anime is wonderful!). The only thing I would say against it, is that it gets into side stories and then doesn't expand on them at all. It could be much bigger of a book if the author expanded on it. So you get this feeling of everything being kind of half explained. I loved it anyway, because the story really speaks to both the difficulties growing up and with letting children gr ...more
Feb 08, 2008 Iida rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves that pang of nostalgia every now and then
Shelves: five-stars
I've always loved Astrid Lindgren's books (being Finnish, I've always been reading them), and my ultimate favourite is Ronia, the Robber's Daughter. My mother read it to me when I was six, and a few years later I read it myself. Now, I return to it every now and then, for I absolutely love the warmth of Lindgren's storytelling.

Ronia's story is one of love, friendship, growing up, relationships between children and parents. The nature in the book is wonderful; the charming, frightening creatures
Indah W
Oohh ooohh.. I lovee Ronyaa!!

Ini buku Astrid Lindgren kesayangan guaa!! My most fave book of her!!

Cintaa bangets dhe ama Ronya and nih buku udah gua baca berkali2, huahaha.. padahal biasanya gua tipe yang males baca ulang buku, karena kadang gua lebih mengejar kuantitas, hihihi, sayang khan kalo waktu dibuang untuk baca buku yang samaa :p

Tapii.. buat Ronya maahh gua rela dhee!!

Ini ceritanya bagus bangetss!!

And abis baca buku ini, gua jadi pengen hidup di hutan, wakakakakak ^o^

One of the best thi
Oct 10, 2015 Zala marked it as to-read
I REMEMBER! I read this when I was a wee little (maybe not that little) girl. Can't remember much about the story though, except that I liked it. I have to get my hands on it...
I didn't read this book until I read it aloud to my kids. Thank God they loved to hear me read! I am much the better for having met Ronia. Yes, I do love children's literature but this book stands head and tails above most. If you want to read one Astrid Lindgren book* skip the Pippi and read this one. Ronia is a true heroine: brave and strong, loyal to friends, accepting of her parents's shortcomings. She lives her own life and is not confined by the world of the adults around her which (as in ...more
It would be kind of fun to live with robbers in the forest. Probably more fun than pirates who only care about lemonade. They probably steal other good things, and not just the same thing every time.
Wohl eine der bekanntesten Figuren der Kinderliteratur hat Astrid Lindgren mit Ronja erschaffen. Die Geschichte ist spannend und bleibt es auch, wenn man das Buch schon mal gelesen und die wirklich sehr gute Verfilmung gesehen hat.
Wundervolle Frauenfiguren, nicht nur Ronja, die sich gegen ihren Vater auflehnt - er ist hier derjenige, der sich entwickeln und etwas lernen muss, bevor Ronja zu ihm zurückkehrt. Sonder vor allem Lovis ist eine spannende Frau, von der ich sogar gern mehr erfahren möc
Heb dit boek als kind gelezen. Met de zaklantaarn in bed onder de deken. En wat was het spannend. Zoals alleen Astrid Lindgren kan. Op een stormachtige nacht wordt de dochter van Mattis en Lovis geboren. Buiten vliegen de vogel heksen om de burcht, en nadat Ronja geboren is slaat een enorme bliksemflits de burcht in twee stukken. Mattis is een roverhoofdman die de omgeving onveilig maakt en alle buit naar zijn burcht brengt die bijna onneembaar is. Dat de burcht nu in twee stukken ligt maakt nie ...more
Oh, how I loved this book! There is something so special in this story, it just gets into your heart and won't let you go! I loved reading about the wonderful and deep friendship of Ronia and Birk, two children of warring robber bands. How their powerful friendship gives them joy and changes the lives of those around them is a beautiful thing to read. I loved their wild life in the forest as well, and how they tamed wild colts to ride, lived in harmony with the forest animals, and had a cozy cav ...more
The more I read it, the more I liked it! I didn't know at first that the author also wrote Pippi Longstockings (I think I'll add that to my to read list, to!) It was a love story of a kind...more than one love story perhaps. It reminded me of Ayla and Jondalar in The Clan of The Cave Bear series, living alone, just the two of them, making their own utensils out of birch trees. Also, there was a sense of Romeo and Juliet here. And I was slightly reminded of The Golden Compass love story as well. ...more
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.
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“- Събирам лятото в себе си, тъй както дивите пчели събират мед - рече тя. - Събирам една голяма пита лято, от която да черпя живот, когато то вече е свършило. Знаеш ли какво има в нея?
И заразказва на Бирк.
- Това е неповторима пита, поела в себе си изгреви и боровинкови храсти, вътре са и луничките от твоите ръце, и лунната светлина, огряла вечер потока, и звездното небе, и гората в пладнешката жега, когато слънцето напича боровете, и ситният вечерен дъждец, и други такива работи, и катерички, лисици, зайци и елени, и всички диви коне, които познаваме, и плуването, и ездата в гората, да, виждаш ли - истинска пита, сбрала цялото лято!”
“Instead, I ask you with all my heart, come back to Matt's fort with us now! It's not because I like you - don't think that, whatever you do! But, my daughter does - I know that now - and perhaps I can learn too.” 1 likes
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