Ragnhild Magerøy was born in Frena in Møre and Romsdalen and is a widely read historical novelist. In 1957, she made her debut with Gunhild, the first volume of a novel trilogy about the fates of various women in a small village in the western region of Norway in the nineteenth century. In her many subsequent novels such as Dronning uten rike, 1966, Mens nornene spinner, 1969, and Himmelen er gul, 1970, she borrows from the Norwegian Middle Ages. Her female characters are high-spirited and hot-blooded and the plots dramatic. In the 1990s she published a collection of essays, Spotlight på sagaen, 1991, and two new novels, Den hvite steinen, 1995, and Hallfrid, 1997.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Ragnhild Magerøy has written the novel Blodig arv, 2008, and two essay collections, Vesterhavs, 1999, and Tusmørkefabler og sannferdige eventyr, 2003.