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The Brothers Lionheart

The Brothers Lionheart is a tale of love strong enough to conquer death – not just once, but twice. After brothers Jonathan and Crusty pass away they meet again in Nangijala, the land of eternal spring. Casting a long shadow over their world is the evil tyrant Tengil, ruler of the country Karmanjaka, where he’s building his new fortress up in the The Ancient Mountains.

Jonathan and Crusty’s narrative is a story of love that’s both timeless and deeply touching. It’s a tale about the battle between good and evil, between fear and courage, about a struggle for freedom – and about death. When the book was originally published it created quite a stir, with people asking whether it was really suitable to write about death for children. However, Astrid Lindgren received such an enormous amount of letters from young people, who felt comforted by the story, and who wondered what happened to Jonathan and Crusty as they crossed over to the land of Nangilima, that she actually decided to write a letter where she recounted exactly what the brothers did next…


Jonathan told me how there are things you have to do, even if they are dangerous.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“Because if you don’t you are not a human being, you’re nothing but a little louse,” Jonathan replied.

From The Brothers Lionheart