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Pippi Longstocking

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Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Långstrump

Real Name

Pippi Longstocking

First Appearance

Pippi Långstrump (November, 1945)

Original Publisher

Rabén & Sjögren

Created by

Astrid Lindgren


The book focuses on the experiences of Pippi Longstocking, a nine-year-old pigtailed redhead whose father, a sea captain, has seemingly vanished at sea, so she moves into a big house known as "Villa Villekulla", located in a little Swedish village, with her pet monkey Mr. Nilsson, a suitcase filled with pieces of gold, and her unnamed pet horse. Gifted with superhuman strength and countless other eccentricities, Pippi is soon befriended by two local siblings named Annika and Tommy Settergren, who admire her and enjoy her company. Having spent her entire life at sea, Pippi's limited knowledge of common courtesy and average childhood behaviour adds humour to the story when she attempts to enroll at Tommy and Annika's school, attends a circus, and attends a coffee party hosted by Mrs. Settergren.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking)


  • Although all four of her original books were once in the public domain, only the first still is. The other three had their copyrights restored and were removed from the public domain on January 1, 1996, through the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. The name "Pippi Longstocking" is also trademarked and, thus, can only be used in the interior of a story.
  • Any and all film or television appearances are also NOT in the public domain.

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