The Maps for Hedeby Island

I’m current reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and I discovered that the English edition did not come with 2 maps of Hedeby, the fictional island where most of the action takes place. While one may not need the maps to enjoy the book, I found that they greatly helped as a geographical frame of reference for the narrative.

After some fruitful (albeit long and tedious) googling, I stumbled upon 2 maps that were originally included in the Swedish edition of the book. The maps are in the original Swedish but thanks to Google Translate, I reproduce here for fans of the book, the 2 maps in English.

Do note that the Swedish to English translation is not perfect and most of the time, I have to make judgment calls. Please let me know if there is a better English version out there.

BTW, halfway through the book now and it is really a good genre novel. Actions move fast, situations are intriguing, characters are engaging. Overall, a very good light reading vacation novel 🙂

7 Replies to “The Maps for Hedeby Island”

  1. Many thanks for providing the useful maps. I’ve just reached Hedeby Island in the book and the maps help to visualise what’s happening there.

  2. C.K.,

    I am listening to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, on CD –and I’m loving it! Your maps are so welcome, and I thank you for making them available. Cheers,


  3. I am in the middle of reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and with these maps I can now visulise the set up there, many thanks these are so useful

  4. These maps are a wonderful addition to the book. I’m halfway through and this really puts a better perspective in my head. Thanks!

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