There is something about the Northern Norwegian Landscape that really captivates me. The dramatic combined with the wind swept gives me the urge to write. My family have a cabin up North and my father is from the area where most of my inspiration comes from.


This is the bay where my family name comes from. Translated it is the Little Bay. I love this place and it is where I spend most of my summers when I’m not working on some project.


The dramatic views I get from this place is great. It takes me back to the age of Norse Men or even to a world of fantasy. Why no fantasy movies are made here, is beyond me. Or more specifically it might have something to do with cost.


The mountains have been shaped by many thousands of years of ice, but they stand tall and proud. This particular peak is part of a legend about a troll or an ogre who wanted to slide down the mountainside.


He slide down the mountain and into the water, but he had gathered so much speed that he could not stop. On the other side of the fjord there is only steep mountains so he grabbed onto the cliff face.


He left these imprints before he sank to the bottom of the sea. Isn’t it amazing how naturally formed mountains and rocks inspire so much of our storytelling? I was told this story when I was just a little kid and I really thought that that troll had done this.

This is why I love this area of my home country and every time I get back to Oslo from Nesna, which is the place’s name, I am filled with the urge to write and write a lot.


The landscape gives me ideas of heroes fighting dragons in the mountains or evil warlocks plotting to destroy the land.


Or elves roaming through ancient forests looking for the only thing that can save the land from a tainted being.


Because who can sleep with a view like this?


JH Lillevik is a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. He writes screenplays, novels and short stories. He also works as a writing consultant for upcoming writers. His specialty is mythology, world building and psychology.

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