How to pronounce Nancy Farmer: Nansee FAHR-muhr
Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor Books: The Ear the
Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion,
which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award. Other books include Do
You Know Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children.
She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and now lives with her family in
Menlo Park, California.
Bibliography (to June 2008)
Novels and picture books
This biography was last updated on 12/05/2012.
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Q&A: A conversation with Nancy Farmer, Author of The Sea Of Trolls
How did you decide on the topic for The Sea of Trolls?
The idea for the book actually came from the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill". I wrote part of the novel fifteen years ago, when I still lived in Africa. It was never finished. The original had a bad-tempered cat called Grendelyn who fell into Mimir's Well while trying to catch fish.
Both you and J. R. R. Tolkien have drawn inspiration from Norse mythology. What about Norse folklore makes it such a rich source text?
I didn't realize, until I started studying it, how important it was to American culture. Think of movies like Sergeant York or High Noon. Think of To Kill a Mockingbird or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. These are all stories about solitary heroes who would rather die than give up their ideals or individualism. The heroes come straight out of Beowulf.
Have you always been interested in Norse mythology?
No. As a child I was immersed in Greek mythology so deeply I would dream about the Greek gods. In comparison, the Norse religion seemed crude. It wasn't until I was an adult that I discovered what a rich, complicated culture the ...
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