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Ronja de roversdochter

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  26,076 ratings  ·  985 reviews
In Ronja's geboortenacht splijt een bliksemschicht de roversburcht van haar vader in tweeën. De rovers blijven er gewoon wonen, en Ronja groeit op in de burcht, en het grote bos eromheen. Op een dag ontdekt ze dat de aartsvijand van haar vader, Borka, met zijn roversbende in het andere deel van de burcht getrokken is. Ze sluit vriendschap met zijn zoon Birk, en als hun vad ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published November 2002 by Ploegsma (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 episo…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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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending!

Two clans of robbers, enemies for as long as the two chiefs Mattis and Borka can remember, share a forest and a castle split in two by a giant lightning, and a common enemy in the knights of the crown. Bad-mannered, ill-tempered, violent and boastful, they live their robber's lives between the magical and dangerous creatures of the woods...



... until one day, they meet a challenge where they least expect it: in their own children!

Ronja, Mattis'
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ronja rövardotter = Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Astrid Lindgren

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter is a children's fantasy book by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, first published in 1981.

Ronia is a girl growing up among a clan of robbers living in a castle in the woodlands of early-Medieval Scandinavia. As the only child of Matt, the chief, she is expected to become the leader of the clan someday.

Their castle, Matt's Fort, is split into two parts by a lightning bolt on the day of Ronia's birt
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İntellecta
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Ronja and Birk is similar to that of Romeo and Juliet - two children from hostile families are friends - and thank God, their parents reconcile themselves before the children go to their death, so that everything goes well In the world of robbers and goblins, is well advised with 'Ronja Räubertochter'. If you open this book, you will be faced with the fragrance of the forest .... ...more
Brenda
Ronia was born on the night of the storm, when the fortress was cleft in halves by a lightning crack. Since that time the two robber clans – and bitter rivals - had lived either side of the divide. When Ronia was old enough to venture outside, after spending her growing years with her mother, father and the band of robbers, she was amazed to find the enchanted wood. She entertained herself daily until the day she saw the boy on the other side. Birk, also born on the night of the storm, was the s ...more
Meredith Holley
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Madeleine L'Engle fans
Recommended to Meredith 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
Chantal
Read it as child and as grown up. Loved it.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
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Claus Maack
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly can't remember if I've read this book before, but I have seen the movie and I know the story.

Reading this was an experience I can only explain as the Danish word "hyggeligt". I felt so nice and cozy and nostalgic every time I picked it up. Reading about Ronja's forest and her relationship with her father Mattis and her best-friend Birk just made me so happy! This definitely won't be my last Lindgren.
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Manny
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
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Kathryn
I loved the book all the way through. The style really captured my fancy right away and found it beautifully written, authentic and heartfelt. I think it really captures the tug of the "tween" years, when children want to be more independent and begin to form their own ideas and wishes distinct from their parents, but also still yearn for that warmth and comfort and love and protection of being a child and having parents watch over you and assure you everything will be okay. And I appreciated th ...more
Holly
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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C
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Hilary
We weren't enjoying this, might go back to it later. ...more
Kayli
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
4 stars!

I loved Astrid Lindgren’s stories as a child and I just couldn’t keep myself from reading her stories once again so many years later. And the most beautiful thing is they are still perfect. A strong book about friendship containing reflections on feud, gender, politics, the difficulties of letting go and growing up! I can’t wait to read all her other stories these next weeks.
Lara Mi


"How good it was to love someone so much that there was no need to fear even the most difficult thing."

Deep in an enchanted forest lives Ronia in her father's fortress - chieftain of Matt's robbers. Much loved by her parents and robbers alike, she grows up being doted upon and loving the wild enchanted forest around her. But then Ronia meets Birk - the son of her father's worst enemy. The two form a close friendship which must be kept a secret if they are to keep seeing each other.

Ronia, The R
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Jan
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, stars5, youth
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.
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Shiloah
This was pure fun! A rollicking adventure in Sweden with Ronia and her family of robbers. Since I recently finished Kristin Lavransdatter it often felt like a children’s version of that time of medieval Scandinavia. They lived in a stone hall, had a high seat, clothes were shifts with tunics, and they skied everywhere in the winter. I listened to this one with my middle girls (Bella 11 & Meri 12) while we did a puzzle. We love Astrid Lindgren!
Zaz
Rererereread (etc). A good book about an independent and strong headed little girl, reading to break the rules to have fun with her friend.

Ronya (I'll use the French spelling for the names) is the daughter of Mattis, a brigand. She lives in his castle with all the robbers and spends her time in the woods. On day, Ronya meets Rik, the son of Matthis' sworn enemy and of course nobody approves this new friendship.

As usual, the story was pleasant, plunging the young reader in a period when brigands
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Maia
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ronia is the daughter of Matt the robber, and she lives in a stone keep high on a hilltop in Matt's forest. The night she was born a lightning strike broke the keep into two halves, with a terrible gulf between them. One lean season when Ronia is 9 or 10, a gang of rival robbers move in to the other half of the keep- including another child, Birk, is the same age as Ronia. They begin encountering each other in the forest and after they each save the other's life more than once, they become fast ...more
Lara
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
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Misti
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
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Masha
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rebel girls
Recommended to Masha by: pippi longstocking
This book contains a very tender scene of robber children combing each other for lice. A prelude to love. Also where I learned about harpies, probably my closest relations. In addition, provides me with one of my favorite, all-purpose and timeless quotes: "Woffor did 'un do that?" Thanks, rumphobs.

Not to be missed.
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Christine
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. ...more
Desiree
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! ...more
Eva
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MUCH more satisfactory than the Lionheart book and a very soothing palliative for afterwards. Unfortunately it does make you want to run away and live in a cave in the woods, but one can't have everything. ...more
E.F.B.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children ages 8-12
Recommended to E.F.B. by: TORn Book Club
From the description on the back of my copy of the book: “On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt’s castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy—for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt’s arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends, the worst quarrel ever betwe ...more
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
Halfempty
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
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Amanda
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, (1907 - 2002) 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 165 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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