The Treasure (novel)

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The Treasure
Author Selma Lagerlöf
Original titleHerr Arnes penningar
TranslatorArthur G. Chater
Publisher Bonniers
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Published in English

The Treasure is a 1904 novel by the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf. Its original Swedish title is Herr Arnes penningar, which means "Mr. Arne's money". It has also been published in English as Herr Arne's Hoard. [1] Set in Bohuslän in the 16th century, it tells the story of a group of Scottish mercenaries who escape from prison; they go on to murder a family to steal a treasure chest, after which one of them falls in love with the family's sole survivor.

Selma Lagerlöf Swedish writer

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author and teacher. She published her first novel, Gösta Berling's Saga, at the age of 33. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she was awarded in 1909. Additionally, she was the first female to be granted a membership in The Swedish Academy in 1914.

Bohuslän Place in Götaland, Sweden

Bohuslän is a Swedish province in Götaland, on the northernmost part of the country's west coast. It is bordered by Dalsland to the northeast, Västergötland to the southeast, the Skagerrak arm of the North Sea to the west, and the county of Østfold, in Norway, to the north.



The novel has been adapted for film three times: by Mauritz Stiller in 1919 as Sir Arne's Treasure , by Gustaf Molander in 1954 as Herr Arnes penningar, and as Poklad pana Arna in a 1967 Czechoslovak animated short film by Václav Bedřich. [2]

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Sir Arne's Treasure is a 1919 Swedish crime-drama film directed by Mauritz Stiller, starring Richard Lund, Hjalmar Selander, Concordia Selander and Mary Johnson. It is based on the novel The Treasure by Selma Lagerlöf, originally published in 1903. The story takes place on the Swedish west coast during the 16th century, and revolves around a Scottish mercenary who murders a wealthy family for treasure, only to unwittingly begin a relationship with the surviving daughter of the family.

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  2. "Herr Arnes penningar". Swedish Film Database . Swedish Film Institute . Retrieved 2012-02-28.