Inspiration for Emil
The cheeky little boy from Lönneberga was invented by our favourite author from Sweden, Astrid Lindgren. She was inspired, says Lindgren, by the stories of her father Samuel August Ericsson. He is said to have been a real Emil when he was little.
The adventures around Emil from Lönneberga were invented by Astrid Lindgren for her then three-year-old grandson Karl-Johan. Lindgren was supposed to look after him, but the little boy screamed with all his might. To calm him down, she told him Emil's fantastic stories. In return, he had to be quiet and stop crying. The little boy became silent and listened intently to Emil's pranks, which he was plotting over and over again. Again and again her grandson wanted to be told something about Emil and so Astrid Lindgren invented more and more stories about Emil from Lönneberga, which she finally wrote down.