Bill Bergson

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Bill Bergson (Swedish: Kalle Blomkvist) is a fictional character created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. The first book featuring him was published in 1946.


Lindgren's detective story is about Bill Bergson, a more-or-less ordinary Swedish boy with an extraordinary fascination with detective work. He lives in the small town Lillköping. He identifies clues, investigates enigmas, and solves the riddle surrounding a mysterious stranger while the police and other adults overlook or dismiss the whole matter. He and his friends several times solve real crimes. Lindgren wrote shorthand for a doctor in Criminology, and it was during this work that she learned the basics of criminology that she later used in her stories.

Bill and his friends also play a game they call the Wars of the Roses. He, along with his two friends Anders and Eva-Lotta, are the White Rose, while three other kids, Sixten, Jonte and Benka, are the Red Rose. They "fight" over the possession of Stormumriken, an oddly-shaped stone. The group that doesn't have the stone must use all their wits and energy to obtain it. The group that has the stone must give the other group clues on where to find it.

Although there is a "war" between the two roses all six of the youngsters are good friends and there is simply a playful rivalry between them. The Red Roses help the Whites when they are threatened by real dangers.

Spanking references[edit]

Taking place in the 1940's and 1950's, spanking was still very common in Sweden which is portrayed in some of Astrid Lindgren's books. In Bill Bergson, it's especially Bill's friend, Anders, who refers to spankings.

They hardly ever had buns at home, and when they did they had to be shared between so many. His dad used to say 'There'll be some changes made around here' but he didn't mean more food, he meant more beatings! And since Anders thought he had experienced enough of those already, he kept away from home as much as possible.
  A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Master Detective (Oxford University Press - Children, 2017)

(The Swedish word bullar means buns, but can also refer to a spanking. See also billenkoek.)


  • 1946 – Bill Bergson, Master Detective]] (original title: Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist)
  • 1951 – Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously (original title: Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist lever farligt)
  • 1953 – Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue (original title: Kalle Blomkvist och Rasmus)

Theatre plays[edit]

  • 1950 – Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist
  • 1968 – Kalle Blomkvist, Nisse Nöjd och Vicke på Vind

Movie adaptions[edit]

  • 1947 – Bill Bergson, Master Detective
  • 1953 – Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue
  • 1957 – Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously
  • 1966 – Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist på nya äventyr
  • 1996 – Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously (reprint)
  • 1997 – Bill Bergson and the White Rose Rescue (reprint)

See also[edit]

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