Torolf Kroglund

The Last Eel

The story of the eel (Anguilla anguilla) fascinates us. From Aristotle, via Freud to todays marine biologists. What seems to be the main source of fascination is how little we know about this slimy, snake-like and slivering fish. What we do know by now is that the eels are disappearing. It is one of the species that may be extinct in our lifetime (like the Dodo, the Geir-bird or the Mammoth). European eels is said to have lost well over 90% of its numbers the last ten years.

The Norwegian author, journalist and sports fisherman Torolf Kroglund tries to find out why - starting on an remote island in the middle of the long Norwegian coastline - Frøya - where he first caught eel as a kid. The author then travels through Europe (Germany, Spain, England, Netherlands, Sweden among others) and to the Sargasso sea to find answers, in a journey that is both a personal one and a quest for big answers. By following the fish that vanishes he not only finds the extraordinary tale of the eel but is also able to connect this unto a bigger and broader perspective.
The fish that vanished will show the close connection between culture and nature, between use and protection - and also how every living creature on earth, even the more unlikely and ugly, reflects man and mankind doings and undoing’s.

A book that combines personal storytelling with narrative nonfiction in a manner lastly seen in books like The Sheperd's Life, H is for Hawk and The Sixt Extinction.

Torolf Kroglund


Torolf Edgar Kroglund is an author, journalist and a sportsfisherman. He has published several books on fishing and hunting before. He is also head of the Ibsen- and Hamsun festival taking place each year in the South of Norway.

The fish that vanished will be published September 2018.

Other titles

Jegerhjerte. Jakten på jegerens hemmelighet (Pax 2015)
Tenk brett (Cappelen Damm 2014)
Sjøfiskehåndboka (Tun forlag 2011)

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Edited August 30, 2018 by Northern Stories