The Treasure

Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

(4.8 stars; 12 reviews)

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)

(2 hr 41 min)


Chapter I - At Solberga Parsonage 25:35 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter II - On the Quays 10:30 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter III - The Messenger 14:54 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter IV - In the Moonlight 13:09 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter V - Haunted 18:22 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VI - In the Town Cellars 28:29 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VII - Unrest 11:00 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VIII - Sir Archie's Flight 19:29 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter IX - Over the Ice 3:39 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter X - The Roar of the Waves 16:11 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)


Eerie story very well narrated

(5 stars)

First of all I must say that Lars Rolander is one of my favorite narrators at Librivox. He has such a beautiful accent. Listening to him is the equivalent of eating a delicious caramel candy. His voice is so well suited to these moralistic, fairy tale type stories. I would disagree a bit with the other reviewer on one point however. I did not think there was antagonism between the two sisters. I think that Elsalill truly loved her sister and the antagonism was more with her own self and her love for Sir Archie (as misguided as that love was.) I enjoyed this story and again, many thanks to the wonderful Lars!

The Treasure

(4.5 stars)

Ashort but good read. I always like Lars reading, thank yuo.

The Treasure

(5 stars)

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