YOUR NOVEL’S setting is the prompt for day four of #InstaWrimo (all prompts below), so why don’t you come with me and I’ll take you on a little trip to the setting of my current work in progress.
We’re going to Norrland, the Swedish northlands, and more specifically to Västernorrland, the west northlands, ironically located in the east northlands. (It used to be the west northland until Jämtland and Härjedalen became Swedish territory, thus changing the border.)
Here, by the Gulf of Bothnia, we’ll find Sundsvall city and, by its airport the Indalsälven delta. The river that meets the sea here, one of the longest in Sweden, runs all the way up into the Jämtland fells. It cuts its way through a beautiful valley, home of the famous Rolf Lidberg trolls, the Storsjö monster and a whole lot of typical northlanders…
Troll salmon fishing in Indalsälven. (Rolf Lidberg, Troll, 1984)
Scandinavia is steeped in alluring folklore and references to our history. It’s full of stories of gods and heroes, trolls and monsters, nature spirits and magic, and when you travel north along Indalsälven you’ll soon see why. The landscape has a special soul that continues all the way up north and into Norway and Finland. It breathes of times past and the hardships of the people who broke the land and made it what it is today.
Edda and Horse, the two main characters in the Ulfrheim saga, grew up in two small villages in the Indal locality. Horse’s father owned Solvogna, one of the largest coldblood stud farms and trotting stables in Sweden. Edda’s grandfather owned The Smithy and was the local farrier and blacksmith.
The two kids met by the forge in August 1971 and were more or less inseparable ever since. Between Edda’s imagination and Horse’s leadership skills, they created something pretty extraordinary together, but the road to get there was, like everything else in the northlands, long and hard…
Aerial photo of (a part of) Indal parish by Indalsälven.
(CC Generic, Riksantikvarieämbetet)
And that’s as much as I’ll reveal today. Now over to you. Where’s your story taking place, and have you started writing it yet?
Please share the links to your posts using today’s prompt in the comments below so I can pop in and read them.
Love and Lust,
© Evalena Styf, 2021
Writing prompt from #NaNoWriMo Preptober InstaWrimo Challenge: 4 October, 2021. “Your novel’s setting”
The #InstaWrimo is a photo challenge for Instagram, but it works just as well as a daily writing prompt.
Here are the daily writing prompts for NaNoWriMo’s preptober challenge. It’s never too late to start, so let’s get into it. Together.