Stieg Larsson

Millennium Trilogy

The Millennium Trilogy consists of

-“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“,

-“The Girl Who Played With Fire“, and

-“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest“.

A well prepared debutant 

Stieg Larsson began thinking about writing detective novels back in the early 90’s, according to co-worker Anna-Lena Lodenius in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Veckans Affärer. He had always been interested in particularly Anglo-Saxon literature and knew the works of Elizabeth George, Minette Walters and Sara Paretsky very well. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

A regrettable refusal

As for his work as a journalist, his preparations for the series were thorough. Before he started writing, he had made a detailed synopsis for ten books. He started writing in 1997, and it was not until he had finished the first two books and had the third one under way thatmillennium trilogy he contacted a publisher in the summer of 2003. His first contact was with publisher Piratförlaget, which refused his script twice, perhaps the biggest mistake in Swedish publishing history. Instead, it was the publisher Nordstedts which got the opportunity to sign him in late 2003. With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer. The publishing rights were also bought by German and Norwegian publisher before it was even published in Sweden. During 2004 Stieg Larsson made minor adjustments to his two finished books and finished the third. When he died in November 2004, it was only a few months before the first book of the Millennium Trilogy was released to the Swedish audience and became an immediate success.

Pippi Longstocking as a source of inspiration

Kenneth Ahlborn, a former colleague of Stieg’s at TT, says in an interview with Veckans Affärer that Stieg got the idea for the character Lisbeth Salander after a discussion during a break from work. They were talking about how different characters from children’s books would manage and behave if they were alive and grown up. Stieg especially liked the idea about a grown up Pippi Longstocking, a dysfunctional girl, probably with attention deficit disorder who would have had a hard time finding a regular place in the “normal society”, and he used part those characteristics when he created lisbeth Salander.

  • “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo“
  • “The Girl Who Played With Fire“
  • “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest“

Screen versions of the Millennium Trilogy

It early became clear that the very popular books would be made in screen versions. In 2008 production began in Sweden, and the three books was shot back-to-back into three movies during the  following year. The three movies were given the same names as the books. They were received almost equally well, as for example evidenced by the inclusion of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo on The Vore’s 15 most suspenseful psychological thriller film list. In the Swedish versions, male actor Michael Nyqvist plays Michael Blomkvist, while Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander.

Meanwhile the books were a major hit all over the world and it did not take long for Hollywood to see the huge potential in the thrilogy. The legal rights for the novels were set between Columbia Pictures, Stieg Larssons brothers and father and Yellow Bird, the production company behind the swedish films. Production was put on a fast track and the the search to fill the roles started.

In the end Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were casted as leads playing Lisbeth Salander and Michael Blomkvist.

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1,569 comments on “Millennium Trilogy”

  • maud roy says:

    16 march 2014…… I start the the first book, and leave it with the 2 others for few monts, then i saw the 6 swedish film in french.So I start to read the second book, return tom the first and finally the third. Today I feel sad and I mist Millenium.I am not interested to see the english movie. But the french serie of 6 films complete the 3 books of the exellent Millenium of Larsson.

    - maud roy,

  • delaine kanda says:

    the books are just great l enjoyed the suspence wooow nyc

    - delaine kanda,

  • Mirjana says:

    Millenium triology in Sweden version are absolutely the best movies I have seen in the very very long time.

    - Mirjana,

  • chloe aislyn toos says:

    i just accidentally watch this movie when im looking for a good movie to wathch,…im a fan of suspense and detective stories since i was in grade after i was able to watch this movie i cant help but to find the sequel of the girl with the dragon tattoo.Fortunately, i was able to scan in the ineternet and i found this site,…..i cant wait to buy a trilogy of this book…american and swedish version of this book is ecstatic,….u will get hook immediately…….i just love lisbeth salander,…she is the character whom i love in the most movies that i watch,……i really love noomi and mara,…they are great,….i love Stieg Larson for writing this novel…it opens our eyes to what is happening in the world whom ruled by men but one woman stand to have her justice,…i salute u stieg,…

    - chloe aislyn toos,

  • c.r.gopalakrishna says:

    The books were brilliant. So were the movies in the Swedish Version. The selection of character were brilliant. Acting was most professional.

    Sorry to say, the English version was no patch.

    - c.r.gopalakrishna,

  • R P UK says:

    I have read all 3 and you cannot put them down best read ever I think.

    - R P UK,

  • ann harford says:

    i found book 1 the girl with the dragon the hospital ward.once i started i could not put it down,no pain while reading finished it at home.great.

    now looking for the other 2.

    a great writer

    sorry to hear he passed away

    - ann harford,


    There is a error in “The girl with the Dragon Tatto”, chapter 5, paragraph 2. “It was 22 September 1966. It was a Saturday. 22 September 1966 was a Thurday.


  • Sudharshana says:

    Like many great writers (Tolstoy and D. H. Lawrence, for example) Stieg Larsson believed in the female creative principle. Simply put, he liked and respected women, and believed highly in their potential. This is evident when you look at the character of Lisbeth Salander.

    A very appealing thing about the Dragon Tatoo trilogy is that you can identify with the main characters, Lisbeth and Michael Blomkvist, regardless of their sex. Both respect what is good (though somewhat vary of things which look too good), and are hardcore anti-establishment figures who fight corruption in their own way.

    Comparisons with Silence of the Lambs and its heroine, FBI agent Clarice Starling, are inevitable. As much as I like both the book and the 1991 film, I find it easier to identify with Salander than with Starling because the latter is a police officer, and an FBI agent to boot. I live in the third world, where the police are a byword for corruption and brutality.

    Salander hates the police, and Blomkvist is suspicous of them. The trilogy has a team of good cops, and police women of heroic stature, but these are secondary characters. the only fictional policeman I have ever really liked is Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko. I think Renko and Salander would have made a good team.

    To turn Salander into computer hacker was a master stroke. It puts the books right here in the new millenium, and into the future. The prose is simple, not stylish like Smith’s or Le Carre’s. That’s not really a shortcoming.

    The real poetry is in the characters.

    If I could bring back Stieg Larrson back to life by giving away one of my arms (right or left? I hope it will be the left!) I’d do it, but he’ll have to write the rest of the series in compensation.

    - Sudharshana,

  • beaVilla says:

    all loose ends, no matter how many they were, are brilliantly tied up in the end.

    God, among the best books/series ever!

    - beaVilla,

  • MirrorJinx says:

    simply WOW..

    - MirrorJinx,

  • LISTBETH says:

    im complety addicted


  • admin says:

    here is a review for you ,the best work i ve ever seen! and as far as the movies of the trilogy “lisbeth sanlander” is owned by noomi rapace and no one can out do her work. she is brillant and all they have to do is put the voices in english and keep the original film period. with noomi s voice because she speaks very well english. and thats the bottom line.

    - ,

  • Viktor says:

    Why does its French publication “Les hommes qui n’aiment pas les femmes” feature Wednesday Addams in the cover?

    - Viktor,

  • bar says:


    - bar,

  • Kat Jurewicz says:

    Blomkvist’s and Salander’s lives become so intricately intertwined with one’s own is exactly why I hesitate to begin the last of the Millennium Triology…once read …my journey alongside them will be lost forever!!!

    - Kat Jurewicz,

  • admin says:

    Casted? As in Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara were cast as leads?

  • D.R. Clark says:

    A totally rivetting storyline that is so gripping one finds it difficult to put down

    - D.R. Clark,

  • beverley says:

    movies in sequence were brilliant, even in subtitles.

    - beverley,

  • Matt says:

    Was never a fiction novel reader until these 3 crackers came along. Tremendous!!

    Just finished watching all three movies in a row, again Fantastic!! A real shame it is all over. Just when you thought the story line was going along well, Stieg would throw you off on a tangent. Was gutted when I found out that the author is no longer with us. He would be pleased to know though that he has made millions of people fall in love with not only the novels, but the characters also. A Big thank you.

    - Matt,

  • christine says:

    loved the first book. can’t wait to start the second!

    - christine,

  • Denise Martin says:

    just finished all three, wonderful…couldn’t put them down. Would have loved more, but alas we won’t be able to enjoy the adventures anymore.

    - Denise Martin,

  • Denise Martin says:

    just finished all three, wonderful…couldn’t put them down. Would have loved more, but alas we won’t be able to enjoy the adventures anymore.

    - Denise Martin,

  • jkb says:

    After finishing The Girl That Kicked the Hornet’s Nest have a longing for more… Great characters – fabulous plots – spectacular writing. Am saddened that the other 7 will forever be left undone…

    - jkb,

  • Phil says:

    Amazing – just finished “Dragon Tattoo, I have really enjoyed this – Lisbeth rocks!

    - Phil,