i was shocked twice when larsson wrote about the creatures that the blonde giant and bjurmann saw when they were near his cabin. it didnt really fit in with the rest of the book , it was too unrealistic. towards the end the book the mystery to the monsters is partially uncovered. when larsson explains how the blonde giant is afraid of the dark and sees lisbeth as a ‘lizard’ in a kind of halucination during their confrontation, but that still does not explain why bjurmann sees the creature also near his cabin.

Posted by vin in melbourne , 8 October 2010

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16 thoughts on “i dont understand this part.”
  1. there both just sortoff paranoid and stuff and kindof afraid of lisbeth and the dark plus ronald neiderman acctually halucinates andd stuff

    Posted by benwasheare ,

  2. Maybe he should be the one who is paranoid schitso. diagnosis. Not Lisbeth.

    Posted by Dragon girl in Harrah ,

  3. Basically shows that his father made him crazy just like Lisbeth (supposedly)

    Posted by BibiGirl in Whitehall PA ,

  4. Yeh, it struck me as a bit of a family trait, paranoia. Also, Neiderman was virtually a personification of strength being at the hands of people incapable of using judgement or feeling pain.

    Posted by Kaylie in Cambridge ,

  5. neiderman was not a bright man, he was mentally-slow and obviously delusional. that’s the thing w/ these books is that things are barely implied but never concrete.

    Posted by kristin in winchester ky ,

  6. This has been bugging me for a while now. I know the parts where Neiderman saw the creature in the woods, but what chapter does Bjurmann see the creature? I can’t find it anywhere. Could it be Bjork instead? Did you note the page Vin?

    Posted by Slink Zink in Cp ,

    1. Chapter 20 near the end of the chapter “Magge” Lundin is stretching his legs and sees a creature described as having the features of a stingray with a stinger like that of a scorpion. Let’s remember that Lundin, the giant and Niederman are all in the business of dealing and trafficking methamphetamines which when used can cause sometimes unrealistic, but extreme paranoia. It’s my opinion that the author is illustrating the deteriorated mental state of each character who have experiences with “monsters”.

  7. I can’t remember Bjurman seeing it either. I had already forgotten about it, but yeah, now you mention it, I thought that was kinda weird too. It’s probably because Niederman is seeing things that aren’t there. He’s afraid of the supernatural and imagines stuff.

    Posted by Alaska ,

  8. It was probably deliberate on Larsson’s part to make Neiderman afraid of ghosts in order to scare Neiderman away from Lisbeth in the woodshed (book two). He thought she was dead and here was this ghost of a dead Lisbeth.

    Posted by Tiny in Vancouver ,

  9. Yes to all of the above. But remember in that last scene where Lisbeth is just about to shoot the nailgun into the back of Neidermann’s neck and she realizes that he is seeing a “demon” and that he is mentally ill. Then she can’t, in cold blood, kill him, but decides to let the MC gang do him in instead.

    Posted by Maya de Silva Chafe in NYC ,

  10. Neidermann has probably sustained brain damage from untreated concussions, since he can’t feel pain and does not seek medical attention. He is injured, but he can’t feel it.

    Posted by Angie in Atlanta ,

  11. Yep but waht about Bjurman? I was waiting for some explanation of this too….seems supurfluous if not explained…why bother with it?

    Posted by TB in Aus ,

  12. Creation of ‘creatures’ was one of Larsson’s brilliant idea to turn the plot against Niedermann, to disarmament against Lisbeth whenever they face to fight each other. Further, it makes the story a bit unreal, making it more literary giving the reader a chance to see themselves the abstract fear or darkness behind his/her consciousness.

    Posted by Hussain KH in Thrissur, Kerala, India ,

  13. It was odd that Lisbeth felt a shred of compassion for Niedermann, but none for Zala; however, Zala was cold, deliberate & calculating so Niedermann became a willing victim, while Lisbeth was unwilling.

    Posted by Jeanne in Laguna Beach ,

  14. I think that Niedermann has suppressed the reality of his father’s evil in order to be able to live and work with him day-to-day. Therefore, his mind is full of suppressed evil which comes creeping out at him when he’s alone in the dark. Or something like that :-)

    Posted by Dragonreader in Alamogordo ,

  15. If I were Larsson I would have embellished on Niedermann’s nuttiness. If you believe he is huge and muscular and that he cannot feel pain and still has reached his third decade of life, it is not a reach that he is nutty, especially since he is totally celibate and incapable of empathy in a robotic way: that he also hallucinates in the dark is not a stretch, to me.

    Posted by turtle in California ,

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