"Herr Arne's Hoard" is a 1904 novel by the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf. Its original Swedish title is "Herr Arnes penningar," which means "Sir Arne's money". Set in Bohuslän in the 16th century, it tells the story of a group of Scottish mercenaries who escape from prison. The group then murders a family in order to steal a treasure chest, but one of them falls in love with the family's sole survivor.
The novel has been adapted for film three times: by Mauritz Stiller in 1919 as "Sir Arne's Treasure," by Gustaf Molander in 1954 as "Herr Arnes penningar," and as "Poklad pana Arna" in a 1967 Czechoslovak animated short film by Václav Bedřich.
Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), prix Nobel de littérature en 1909, est sans conteste l’un des plus célèbres écrivains suédois. Son œuvre est nourrie des légendes et de l’histoire de la région de Värmland, merveilleusement transposées par son imagination lyrique hors du commun.