The Treasure

Selma LAGERLÖF (1858 - 1940)

Selma Lagerlöf was born in Vaermland, Sweden, in 1858 and enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer, receiving the Nobel-Prize in Literature in 1909. She died in Vaermland in 1940. The Treasure (Herr Arnes penningar) is a fairly short Novel, both a Drama and a Ghost Story. Published in 1904 and the English translation in 1923. The story is set in Bohuslaen on the West coast of Sweden in the middle of the 16th Century. Herr Arne, the old Parson in Solberga and all his household are brutally murdered, and his great Treasure stolen. The only survivor is Elsalill, the orphaned foster daughter. On her lies the burden to find out the murderers. She wants revenge, but falls in love with one of the murderers, who she must betray. Another important figure in the story is Torarin an old Fish hawker, who takes in Elsalill in his house after the murders, and Torarin’s dog, Grim, and also Elsalill’s dead foster sister. (Summary by Lars Rolander)

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I - At Solberga Parsonage Lars Rolander
Play 02 Chapter II - On the Quays Lars Rolander
Play 03 Chapter III - The Messenger Lars Rolander
Play 04 Chapter IV - In the Moonlight Lars Rolander
Play 05 Chapter V - Haunted Lars Rolander
Play 06 Chapter VI - In the Town Cellars Lars Rolander
Play 07 Chapter VII - Unrest Lars Rolander
Play 08 Chapter VIII - Sir Archie's Flight Lars Rolander
Play 09 Chapter IX - Over the Ice Lars Rolander
Play 10 Chapter X - The Roar of the Waves Lars Rolander