The names Hans Peter and Jorunn are taken from the names of the kids in my first Norwegian textbook. We followed the adventures of Jorunn and her boyfriend JENS Peter from their first crush through their marriage, learning our Norwegian vocab and grammar along the way. Einar is named in honor of Ray Bradbury’s Uncle Einar, who appears in several of his stories. Skarp-Hedin is the name of one my favorite people from the Old Norse sagas, the son of Njal in Njal’s Saga, and one of the most dynamic characters you will ever encounter. I nearly named my son after him, but my husband begged me to reconsider.