The Legend of the Ice People

The Legend of the Ice People
2012 e-book cover for the English e-book adaptation of Spellbound

AuthorMargit Sandemo
Original titleSagan om Isfolket (Swedish)
Paranormal Romance

The Legend of the Ice People (in Swedish language Sagan om Isfolket) is a 47-volume story of a family bloodline, first published in 1982.[1] The author of the series is Margit Sandemo. The novels are predominantly based in Scandinavia and focus on historical fact, but contain some fantastical elements. The first volume was released 1982, and the series became one of the best-selling series of novels in Scandinavia, with more than 39 million copies sold.[2]

The series was originally written in Swedish, but has been translated into over eight languages including Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Icelandic, Russian, Hungarian and English.

The book series is made in three parts where The legend of the ice people is part one. Part two is an equal/spin off series placed in the years between 1600 and 1700. It is also a prequel to book 31 The ferry man. (Swedish original title; Färjkarlen) Here we learn the background story of the mystical medallions that the characters, Benedikte and Sander finds. This second series is called Häxmästaren in Swedish and translates to The witch master or The warlock. The scenery throughout the second series is mostly placed on Icland, and in Norway, Sweden and Austria. It is made off 15 books and other connections to the ice people-books is the spirits and souls of mostly Sol and Tengel the good. They come in later on in the series to help the Islandic warlock and his family.

The last part of the series is called Legenden om ljusets rike, which translates to The legend of the kingdom of light, or The legend of the lights kingdom. It is made of 20 books and merges the two series together. This is a sequel to both the series. It starts in the same moment and scene where The witch master ends in a cliffhanger. The story then flash forward to approximately 20–30 years after The legend of the ice people ends to the 1990s. We follow the characters from the last couple of The legend of the ice people books and there families. Some of them are Marco, Ellen, Nathaniel, and Gabriel and there children which befriends the children of the Warlocks family.

The third part of the series is a bit different. It leans more heavily to the fantasy genre than other books in the series, and it also have a bit of Sience fiction in them. It mostly take place inside the earth globe. There is a secret Kingdom in the core where time goes 12 times slower then on the outside of the globe and where your physical body stop aging. The story has two major enemies. One is the main source of the black water that Tengel the evil from The legend of the ice people got his power from. The other is the pollution and the human societys destruction of the earth. Our heroes try to save the earth before it is to late and all important animals and plants go extinct. The series ends in the future in the year 2080. In the third series we also learn the true meaning of the mystical and magical medallions decorated with a sun, from The witch master series and book 31 The Ferry man in The legend of the ice people. There is also a heavy connection between book 18 in The lights kingdom with the original Swedish title Så djup en längtan, that translates to So deep a longing, and to book 17 in The legend of the ice people, Swedish title; Dödens trädgård, that translates in English to The death's garden or The reaper's garden. They both take place in the Ural mountains in Russia. Book 18 In the series third part, will give the reader new information that leads to some plot holes from book 17 in part one of the series to be filled in.

The complete Legend of the Ice people-series with 82 books.

Part 1. The legend of the Ice people. Original title; Sagan om Isfolket. 47 books.

Part 2. The witch master. Original title; Häxmästaren. 15 books.

Part 3. The legend of the lights kingdom. Original title; Legenden om ljusets rike. 20 books.


The Legend

Once upon a time, many centuries ago, Thengil the Evil went out to the wilderness and sold his soul to the Devil. He became the forefather of the Ice People. For wealth and power, one of his descendants, in every generation, would be cursed to serve the devil and perform evil deeds. Their distinguishing feature would be yellow cat eyes and they would possess magical powers. Some say they will never be free of the curse until they unearth the urn containing the potion that Tengel the Evil used to summon the Devil. It is said one day a child of his blood will be born, gifted with knowledge and wisdom the like of which the world has never known before who will end the family curse. So says the legend but no one knows if it's true.

In the 16th century, a cursed child of the Ice People was born. He tried to turn evil to good, and therefore he was called Thengil the Good. This saga is about his family.


The story begins in Trondheim, Norway in 1581, with the story of Silje Arngrimsdotter, and how she comes into contact with the Ice People, a community of outcasts living in an isolated valley. From there on it follows the Ice People through the centuries, with members of the clan migrating from Norway to Denmark and Sweden. Other members of the clan wind up in or visit various corners of Europe and Asia over the course of the series.

The Ice People are cursed with a terrible forefather, Tengel the Evil, whose actions resulted in at least one cursed individual being born in every generation. The cursed individuals were born with magical and mystical abilities, but also the potential for bottomless evil. The cursed men have yellow eyes, malformed shoulder blades and Mongol features, while the cursed women have yellow eyes, but are otherwise beautiful. Some cursed individuals fight their tendency for evil, whilst others embrace it.

Each book tells a separate story, very often the story of one or a few individuals of the clan. Quite often the protagonist of each book is a female, sometimes of the Ice People, but sometimes one who will marry into the clan. Many of the books also focus on the cursed individuals, their battle with their evil tendencies, and also how they utilise their powers, be it for good or evil.

Throughout the series, the cursed and their helpers steadily increase their efforts to rid the clan of the curse from Tengel the Evil. But the beastly forefather is not dead, he is merely sleeping, awaiting a special signal that will wake him up and allow him to take over the entire world with a reign of terror. Before this signal is played his descendants must find a way to defeat Tengel and rid themselves and the world of his curse. The end battle will require the birth of a very special individual as well as the help of some powerful mythological creatures.


Graphic novel

There is an ongoing release of graphic novels in Swedish and Norwegian, made by Swedish cartoonists Raymond and his wife Mona Husac. They have their own publishing company named Nattfrost förlag. The first number was released in 2015 and is titled Förbannelsen in Swedish, which translates to The curse in English. The latest Graphic novel (from the time this was written) was released in the end of 2020. It was number 8 and titled Villemo after the main character in the book it is based on, book 11 in The legend of the Ice people, with the original title Blodshämnd translated to The blood feud/ The blood revenge or Vendetta.


In 2008 stage productions based upon the first three novels in the Legend of the Ice People premiered, receiving positive reviews from critics.[3]


In 2011 it was announced that a television adaptation of the series was being planned, with an estimated length of 200 episodes.[4]

The Legend of the Ice People

Swedish title Norwegian title Icelandic title Translated title English title Polish title Hungarian title Finnish title Published
1 Trollbunden Trollbundet Álagafjötrar Spellbound Spellbound Zauroczenie Varázslat Lumottu 1982
2 Häxjakten Heksejakten Nornaveiðar The Witch-hunt Witch-hunt Polowanie na czarownice Átkos örökség Noitavaino 1982
3 Avgrunden Avgrunnen Hyldýpið The Precipice Daughter of Darkness Otchłań Örvényben Syvyyden kutsu 1982
4 Längtan Lengsel Vonin Longing Desire Tęsknota Vágyakozás Kaipaus 1982
5 Dödssynden Dødssynden Dauðasyndin The Mortal Sin Mortal Sin Grzech śmiertelny Halálos bűn Kuolemansynti 1982
6 Det onda arvet Den onde arven Illur arfur The Evil Legacy Evil Inheritance Dziedzictwo zła Nincs menekülés Pahan perintö 1982
7 Spökslottet (novel) Spøkelsesslottet Draugahöllin The Ghost Castle Nemesis Zamek duchów Kísértetkastély Aavelinna 1982
8 Bödelns dotter Bøddelens datter Dóttir böðulsins The Executioner's Daughter The Executioner's Daughter Córka hycla A pribék lánya Pyövelin tytär 1982
9 Den ensamme Den ensomme Skuggi fortíðar The Lonely One Samotny A magányos lovag Muukalainen 1982
10 Vinterstorm Vinterstorm Vetrarhríð Winter Storm Zimowa zawierucha Hóvihar Talvimyrsky 1983
11 Blodshämnd Blodhevn Blóðhefnd Blood Feud Zemsta Vérbosszú Verikosto 1983
12 Feber i blodet Feber i blodet Ástarfuni Fever in the Blood Gorączka Nyugtalan szív Kuumetta veressä 1983
13 Satans fotspår Satans fotspor Fótspor Satans Footprints of Satan Ślady Szatana A sátán lábnyoma Paholaisen jalanjäljet 1983
14 Den siste riddaren Den siste ridder Síðasti riddarinn The Last Knight Ostatni rycerz Remény nélkül Viimeinen ritari 1983
15 Vinden från öster Vinden fra øst Austanvindar The Wind from the East Wiatr od Wschodu Keleti szél Idän tuuli 1984
16 Galgdockan Galgeblomsten Gálgablómið The Mandrake Kwiat wisielców A bitófa virága Hirsipuunukke 1984
17 Dödens trädgård Dødens have Garður dauðans The Garden of Death Ogród śmierci A halál kertje Kuoleman puutarha 1984
18 Bakom fasaden Bak fasaden Gríman fellur Behind the Facade Dom upiorów Maszkabál Julkisivun takana 1984
19 Drakens tänder Dragens tenner Tennur drekans Dragon's Teeth Zęby smoka Sárkányfogvetemény Lohikäärmeen hammas 1984
20 Korpens vingar Ravnens vinger Hrafnsvængir Wings of the Raven Skrzydła kruka Hollószárnyak suhogása Korpin siivet 1985
21 Vargtimmen Djevlekløften Um óttubil The Wolf Hour Diabelski Jar Farkasok órája Sudenhetki 1985
22 Demonen och jungfrun Demonen og jomfruen Jómfrúin og vætturin The Demon and the Maiden Demon i panna Démon és angyal Neitsyt ja demoni 1985
23 Våroffer Våroffer Vorfórn Spring Sacrifice Wiosenna ofiara Áldozat Kevätuhri 1985
24 Djupt i jorden I jordens dyp Í iðrum jarðar Deep in the Ground Martwe Wrzosy A mélyben Maan uumenissa 1985
25 Ängel med dolda horn Engel med svarte vinger Guðsbarn eða galdranorn Angel with Hidden Horns Anioł o czarnych skrzydłach Álnok tündér Sarvipänen enkeli 1985
26 Huset i Eldafjord Huset i Eldafjord Álagahúsið The House in Eldafjord Dom w Eldafjord Az eldafjordi ház Tulivuonon talo 1986
27 Synden har lång svans Skandalen Hneykslið Sin has a Long Tail Skandal Skandalum Valheella on lyhyet jäljet 1986
28 Is och eld Is og ild Ís og eldur Ice and Fire Lód i ogień Láng és jég Tuli ja jää 1986
29 Lucifers kärlek Lucifers kjærlighet Ástir Lúcífers Lucifer's Love Miłość Lucyfera Lucifer szerelme Luciferin rakkaus 1986
30 Människadjuret Utysket Ókindin The Man-Beast Bestia i wilki A dúvad Ihmiseläin 1986
31 Färjkarlen Fergemannen Ferjumaðurinn The Ferryman Przewoźnik A révész Lautturi 1987
32 Hunger Hunger Hungur Hunger Głód Éhség Nälkä 1987
33 Nattens demon Nattens demon Martröð The Demon of the Night Demon Nocy Nem isten, nem ember Yön demoni 1987
34 Kvinnan på stranden Kvinnen på stranden Konan á ströndinni The Woman on the Beach Kobieta na brzegu A tengerparti lány Nainen rannalla 1987
35 Vandring i mörkret Vandring i mørket Myrkraverk Wanderings in Darkness Droga w ciemnościach Vándorlás a sötétben Pimeä tie 1987
36 Trollmåne Trollmåne Galdratungl Magic Moon Magiczny księżyc Holdvarázs Taikakuu 1987
37 Stad i skräck Skrekkens by Vágestur A Town in Fear Miasto strachu A rettegő város Kaupunki pelon vallassa 1987
38 Små män kastar långa skuggor Skjulte spor Í skugga stríðsins Small Men Throw Long Shadows Urwany ślad Csigaház Pienet miehet, pitkät varjot 1988
39 Rop av stumma röster Rop av stumme røster Raddirnar Screams of Silent Voices Nieme głosy Hangtalan sikoly Mykkien äänten huuto 1988
40 Fångad av tiden Fanget av tiden Fangi tímans Imprisoned by Time Więźniowie czasu A múlt börtönében Ajan vanki 1988
41 Demonernas fjäll Demonenes fjell Djöflafjallið Demon Mountain Góra Demonów A démonok hegyén Demonien vuori 1988
42 Lugnet före stormen Stille før stormen Úr launsátri The Calm Before the Storm Cisza przed burzą Vihar előtti csend Tyyntä myrskyn edellä 1988
43 En glimt av ömhet Et streif av ømhet Í blíðu og stríðu A Glimpse of Tenderness Odrobina czułości A szeretet hatalma Hellyyden hetki 1989
44 Den onda dagen Den onde dagen Skapadægur The Evil Day Fatalny dzień Baljós nap Pahuuden päivät 1989
45 Legenden om Marco Legenden om Marco Böðullinn The Legend of Marco Książę Czarnych Sal Marco legendája Marcon tarina 1989
46 Det svarta vattnet Det svarte vannet Svarta vatnið The Black Water Woda zła A fekete víz Musta vesi 1989
47 Är det någon därute? Er det noen der ute? Er einhver þarna úti? Is There Anybody Out There? Czy jesteśmy tutaj sami? Van valaki odakint? Onko siellä joku? 1989


  1. ^ "Eventyr for voksne" . NRK. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Britene oppdager "Isfolket"" . ABC. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Isfolket på Fagernes Sol av Isfolket er eit friluftsteater på Valdres Folkemuseum, Fagernes" . Teaternett. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Sagaen om Isfolket blir TV-serie" . NRK. Retrieved 26 October 2012.

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