When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town

Original titleFolk og Røvere i Kardemomme By
Work typeLiterature
Original languageNorwegian
CategoriesNIL, children, Fairytale, Comedy



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About When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town

When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (1955) is a Norwegian children's book written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner. The original title in Norwegian was Folk og Røvere i Kardemomme By (literal meaning: People and Robbers in Cardamom Town).

The book about Cardamom Town became very popular as early as the 1950es, with its own songs, a released record and radio readings, and it is now considered a classic, among the most important Norwegian books for children. It is still being published in new editions. The book has also been the basis for theatre productions.

When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town is about the peaceful town Cardamom and the people who live there. A few create trouble; the three robbers Casper, Jasper and Jonathan who live outside of town and often enters it to steal what they need. Eventually the robbers are arrested, but they are treated well in prison, and in the last chapter they become heroes of the day when they extinguish the fire in the town tower.

The outer descriptions of Cardamom Town are supposedly built on experiences Egner had during a journey (paid for with a grant) from 1949 to Italy, Southern France, Alger and Morocco. In particular the medinas of Fes and Marrakech in Morocco are supposed to have been of important inspiration.


Wikipedia, no.wikipedia.org, 30.11.2012, http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_og_r%C3%B8vere_i_Kardemomme_by