The character's hometown Lillköping is inspired by Vimmerby
|Created by||Astrid Lindgren|
Bill Bergson (Swedish : Kalle Blomkvist) is a fictional character created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. The first book featuring him was published in 1946.
Lindgren's detective story is about Bill Bergson, a more-or-less ordinary Swedish boy with an extraordinary fascination with detective work. He lives in the small town Lillköping. He identifies clues, investigates enigmas, and solves the riddle surrounding a mysterious stranger while the police and other adults overlook or dismiss the whole matter. He and his friends several times solve real crimes including murder and kidnapping. Lindgren wrote shorthand for Harry Söderman, a doctor in Criminology, and it was during this work that she learned the basics of criminology that she later used in her stories.
Bill and his friends also play a game they call the Wars of the Roses. He, along with his two friends Anders and Eva-Lotta, are the White Rose, while three other kids, Sixten, Jonte and Benka, are the Red Rose. They "fight" over the possession of Stormumriken, an oddly-shaped stone. The group that doesn't have the stone must use all their wits and energy to obtain it. The group that has the stone must give the other group clues on where to find it.
Although there is a "war" between the two roses all six of the youngsters are good friends and there is simply a playful rivalry between them. The Red Roses help the Whites when they are threatened by real dangers.
Lindgren wrote three books about Bill Bergson:
and three theater plays:
The character Mikael Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is dubbed "Kalle Blomkvist" by the press to mock him in his investigative reporting. Lisbeth Salander's name appears to be taken from Eva-Lotta Lisander, and is modeled in most other respect on Lindgren's other famous character, Pippi Longstocking.
In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , three of Lindgren's books are mentioned: The Children of Noisy Village , Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue (although in the book the translation was Kalle Blomkvist and Rasmus from the original Kalle Blomkvist och Rasmus), and Pippi Longstocking.
The relation between Astrid Lindgren and, at least, the first part of the Trilogy, can be taken farther when the fact that, in it, a cat is named 'Tjorven', is considered. The name comes from the Swedish television series Vi på Saltkråkan based on a script by Astrid Lindgren and not originally a book. Apart from this, the TV show dates from the early sixties, around the time when, in Stieg Larsson's novel, one of the crucial events which shapes the story takes place.
Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for several children's book series, featuring Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children, and for the children's fantasy novels Mio, My Son, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, and The Brothers Lionheart. Lindgren worked on the Children's Literature Editorial Board at the Rabén & Sjögren publishing house in Stockholm and wrote more than 30 books for children. In January 2017, she was calculated to be the world's 18th most translated author, and the fourth most translated children's writer after Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. Lindgren has so far sold roughly 165 million books worldwide. In 1994, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "her unique authorship dedicated to the rights of children and respect for their individuality."
Rövarspråket is a Swedish language game. It became popular after the books about Bill Bergson by Astrid Lindgren, where the children use it as a code, both at play and in solving actual crimes.
Siv Ericks, real name Siv Gustava Essy-Ehsing, was a Swedish actress who performed in 66 Swedish films over a 53-year career.
Nils Olof "Olle" Hellbom was a Swedish film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is most famous for directing films based on novels by Astrid Lindgren. His 1960 film Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival. In 1978 at the 14th Guldbagge Awards he won the award for Best Director for his film The Brothers Lionheart.
Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously is a 1957 Swedish film about Kalle Blomkvist, directed by Olle Hellbom. It is based on the novel with the same name, written by Astrid Lindgren. It was recorded in Trosa, Södermanland.
Harriet Eivor Emilie Landström was a Swedish actress.
Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously is a 1951 Swedish novel written by Astrid Lindgren. It's the 2nd book about the Master Detective Kalle Blomkvist. In this book the Rövarspråket appears for the first time and is very popular until present. According to the book, Eva-Lotta's father Master Baker told her when he and his friends spoke Rövarspråket as boys.
Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously is a 1996 Swedish film directed by Göran Carmback. It is based on the novel with the same name, written by Astrid Lindgren.
Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue is the third and last novel about the Swedish "master detective" Kalle Blomkvist, written by Astrid Lindgren.
Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue is a 1997 Swedish film. It is based on the novel with the same name, written by Astrid Lindgren. Another film was produced when the book was published in 1953, see Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue .
Hans Göran Carmback is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. He worked with audio engineering before his 1st film as director in 1988. Now he's directing TV dramatics.
Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue is a 1953 Swedish film. It is based on the novel with the same name, written by Astrid Lindgren.
Claes Malmberg is a Swedish actor and stand-up comedian. He has worked together with Anders Aldgård. He has appeared in theatre plays and in films and TV series.
Catherine Madeleine Hansson is a Swedish actress. She studied at Malmö Theatre Academy 1976–79.
Bill Bergson, Master Detective is a 1947 Swedish film about Kalle Blomkvist, directed by Rolf Husberg. It is based on the novel with the same name, written by Astrid Lindgren.
Bill Bergson, Master Detective is a children's novel by Astrid Lindgren. It is the first in the series about the Swedish boy detective, in English translation named Bill Bergson.
Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist på nya äventyr is a 1966 Swedish film about Kalle Blomkvist, directed by Etienne Glaser and written by Astrid Lindgren. It is based on the play Kalle Blomkvist, Nisse Nöjd och Vicke på Vind.
Luffaren och Rasmus is a 1955 Swedish film directed by Rolf Husberg and written by Astrid Lindgren.
Astrid Lindgren’s plays are a number of theater plays written by Astrid Lindgren in the 1940s to 1970s. Part of the plays are based on her books, other stories were only written for theater. Since almost all of Astrid Lindgren's works have been staged for theater, this page only deals with the plays, whose scripts were written by Astrid Lindgren. Many of these works were published in the Swedish books Sex Pjäser för barn och ungdom (1950), Serverat, Ers Majestät! (1955) and Praeser för barn och ungdom. Other Samlingen (1968). Most of these works have not been translated into English. These include stories about well-known characters such as Kalle Blomquist or Pippi Longstocking, which were only written for the theater and were not published as prose.