Legenden om Ljusets rike

Legenden om Ljusets rike (Norwegian: Sagnet om Lysets rike, English: The Legend of the Realm of Light; this novel has not been translated into English) is a set of fantasy novels by Norwegian-Swedish writer Margit Sandemo. It includes twenty titles. This set of novels can be read in Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Polish. Margit Sandemo says that she wrote this series of novels because she wanted, like many other fiction writers, to portray her own view about an idealized world. Another reason to write Legenden om Ljusets rike was for the character called Marco who Sandemo created in the end of The Legend of the Ice People. She was so fond of him that she wanted to write more about Marco in the following series of novels. Those ideas took shape in her mind when she had written around half of Häxmästaren.[1]

The motto of Legenden om Ljusets rike is (says on first page of the first volume):

Don't believe everything you read!
But let your imagination believe it!
It lives its own life, parallel to your worldly life. Imagination can open up new worlds for you.


The Milieu

Legenden om Ljusets rike is a follow-up to two previous set of novels written by Margit Sandemo: Directly to the Häxmästaren and indirectly to The Legend of the Ice People, and it is the conclusion-volume of the set of novels-trilogy that consist of these novels. Some of the characters of the Legenden om Ljusets rike are the same as in the novels Häxmästaren and Sagan om Isfolket; some of them are completely new. Mainly, new characters are children of the principal characters of the two above-mentioned novels.

Legenden om Ljusets rike describes about the life in the happy and fabulous Realm of Light, which is located next to center of the Earth. You've gone to the Realm of Light through hidden Gates, and there are lots of Gates on the Earth. Everyone who once have gone there, can't return on the Earth. There aren't disorders, wars, environmental problems, criminality, inequality, old age and death in the Realm of Light. There the time goes by 12 times slower than on the Earth.

People in the Realm of Light live very long lifetime, but their ageing come to a stop at the age of 30-35. They, who have been older when entering the Realm of Light, get younger slowly to that age. The area of Realm of Light is 100 000 square kilometers, it is in other words approximately the size of Iceland. So that Realm of Light wouldn't change for too much dense populated, there is imposed restrictions on number of children. Because of that each family can have just one child.

The author has populated this fantasy world with people, the Spirits of the warlock Móri, ancestors of the Icepeople, the deads who didn't who never got happiness in their lives, fairies, Earth-beings who are hostile to other creatures, Strangers, several members of the Lemurian race as well as 4 Madrags; the technologically advanced inhabitants of Mu. There are no winds, changes of states of weather or the blue sky in the Realm of Light, because the sun can't shine there. The technology of the Realm of Light is very progressive for the sake of high education of the Strangers. The impractical and polluting cars have there been replaced with flying motor vehicles (air gondolas).

The sun doesn't shine in the Realm of Light, but there are many goldish balls, the Holy Suns on top of high towers called minarets that shining light coloured amber. The largest Holy Sun, "The Big Sun" is situated in the capital of the land. The opposite of Realm of Light is the Realm of Darkness. Realm of Light has been isolated from Realm of Darkness with the transparent, immaterial, kind of glass Wall.

Main characters

Jori has brown-curly un-cut hair, his father fond eyes and his mother devastating irresponsibility. Because he is not as long and handsome as his friends, he compensate to be fool, wild and bold.

Jaskari is the strong man of the group with long, light hair and blinding blue eyes. He has muscles which are threatening burst his shirt and trousers.

Armas is half Stranger. Long, intelligent, with piercing eyes and silk-soft hair. Has peculiar talents and have got stricter upbringing than the other youths.

Elena has hopeless figure in her opinion. Peaceful and pleasant, but at heart uncertain and want to be than others. Has enormous, kind of frizzy hair.

Berengaria is four years younger than the above charachters. Romantic and slender with long, dark hair in curls. Her mind is a test chart for all the humanitarian strengths and weaknesses. Clever and happy, gigglingly and bussbody and capricious. The parents are worry.

Nighteye is an American Indian boy with long, straight and blue-black hair, noble profil and eyes which are as dark as night. He is one year older than the above characters.

Tsi-Tsungga, called Tsi. An Earth-being from The Old Castle. A handsome, a fairy resembling young man with strong shoulders and green-brown-plotted body, quick and supple, be brimming over with sensuality, he is really sexy.

Siska, a runaway little princess from the Realm of Darkness. Resembles Berengaria superficially. She has large, oblique and ice-grey eyes, full lips, and magnificent hair, straight, black and silk-shining. She distance to young Tsi and his animal, giant squirrel Tjick.

Indra, a lazy and complot-loving, has much of humour and exaggerate her laziness. Has elegance curved eyebrows and perfect complexion. The same age as four first.

Miranda, two years younger than her sister. Has reddish hair and freckles. Has taken the responsibility of the all world, will to make it better. An environmentalist, has a thing about boys in her movements, hasn't loved yet.

Alice, called Sassa. One of the youngest, has followed her grandparents to the Realm of Light. Burned down as child. Marco cured all her scars, but she is still timid and doesn't want to appear to people or talk with them. Her cat is named Hubert Ambrosia.

Dolgo, earlier Dolg. Because he has lived 250 years in the Realm of Fairies, he is still just 23 years old, but he has experience and wisdom of the all world. He hasn't been done to erotically love. Best friend is dog Nero.

Marco is forever young, born in 1861 for Son of Lucifer, the ruler of the black/ fallen / banished angels. The prince of The Black Rooms. Tremendously stately. Fabulously beautiful, but also he can't to fall in love.

He or Dolgo don't belong to group of young people, but they are very important to youths. Marco belongs to Icepeople like Alice, Indra and Miranda.

Gondagil is a varangian from the folk of Timon in the Valley of Mist from the outside Darkness. Long, light and strong. Is now in the Realm of Light, but argues that the light can shines also to his folk. Miranda is his great love.


Swedish title Norwegian title Translated title Published Pages ISBN
1 Viskningen Bak portene The Whisper 1995 252 ISBN 91-7710-884-1
2 Móri och Isfolket Móri og Isfolket Móri and the Ice People 1995 253 ISBN 91-7710-885-X
3 Flickan som inte kunde säga nej Piken som ikke kunne si nei The Girl Who Could not Say No 1995 252 ISBN 91-7710-944-9
4 Dagg och dimma Mannen fra Tåkedalen Dew and Mist 1996 255 ISBN 91-7710-887-6
5 Johannesnatten Johannesnatten Night of Johannes 1996 249 ISBN 91-7710-888-4
6 Den utvalde Den utvalgte The Chosen One 1996 250 ISBN 91-7710-889-2
7 Häxan Heksen The Witch 1997 252 ISBN 91-7710-948-1
8 Skräcken Redsel The Horror 1997 252 ISBN 91-7710-949-X
9 Sol av Isfolket Sol av Isfolket Sol of the Ice People 1997 248 ISBN 91-7710-950-3
10 Nattsvarta rosor Nattsvarte roser Roses Black as Night 1997 250 ISBN 91-7710-951-1
11 Bländverk Skrømt Hallucination 1998 252 ISBN 91-7710-952-X
12 Det bävande hjärtat Det bevende hjerte The Fearful Heart 1998 252 ISBN 91-7710-953-8
13 Ond saga Ond saga Evil Saga 1998 251 ISBN 91-7710-906-6
14 In i värmen Inn i varmen Into the Warmth 1998 250 ISBN 91-7710-955-4
15 Mörkrets ande Mørket Spirits of Darkness 1999 252 ISBN 91-7710-956-2
16 Livshunger Livshunger Hunger for Life 1999 252 ISBN 91-7710-957-0
17 Från toppen och uppåt Fra toppen og oppover Up from the Top 1999 252 ISBN 91-7710-935-X
18 Så djup en längtan Så dyp en lengsel A Longing So Deep 1999 252 ISBN 91-7710-936-8
19 Mördande oskuld Drepende uskyld Wicked Innocence 1999 250 ISBN 91-7710-937-6
20 Ett hav av kärlek Et hav av kjærlighet An Ocean of Love 1999 248 ISBN 91-7710-961-9

Titles in other languages

Sagnet om Lysets Rike (Norwegian) Saga o Królewstwie Światła (Polish) Ríki ljóssins (Icelandic)
1 Bak portene Wielkie Wrota Handan hliðsins
2 Móri og Isfolket Móri i Ludzie Lodu Móri og Ísfólkið
3 Piken som ikke kunne si nei Trudno mówic "nie" Stúlkan sem gat ekki neitað
4 Mannen fra Tåkedalen Mężczyzna z Doliny Mgie. Maðurinn úr þokudalnum
5 Johannesnatten Noc Świętojańska Jónsmessunótt
6 Den utvalgte Chłopiec z Południa Sá útvaldi
7 Heksen Wiedźma Nornin
8 Redsel Wyprawa Skelfing
9 Sol av Isfolket Sol z Ludzi Lodu Sunna af ætt Ísfólksins
10 Nattsvarte roser Czarne róże Náttsvartar rósir
11 Skrømt Strachy Umskiptingar
12 Det bevende hjerte Drżące serce Sál í hlekkjum
13 Ond saga Tajemnica Gór Czarnych Ill örlög
14 Inn i varmen Lilja i Goram -
15 Mørket Ciemność -
16 Livshunger Głód życia -
17 Fra toppen og oppover Na ratunek -
18 Så dup en lengsel Tęsknota -
19 Drepene uskyld Podstęp -
20 Et hav av kjærlighet Morze miłości - [2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" . Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Margit Sandemo Archived 2007-05-13 at archive.today

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