Setting: A slum in Reykjavik, Iceland, in a paralell world with 19th century technology sometime in the far-future.
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This is two separate questions in one. I'm drafting a project based loosely on Oliver Twist but set in Iceland in a paralell world where trolls, dwarves and elves exist alongside magic, the Greenland Norse colony survived, Iceland has an indigenous troll population, is much larger, and never lost its independence and Reykjavik looks like Dickensian London. One of my protagonists, Bjarki (see here but idea has changed slightly since then) who's basically the Artful Dodger grows up in a thieves' den run by a dwarven fence called Thróinn who's basically a Fagin and a troll-woman called Gunna who takes in babies for money.
But even though it's fantasy I want to have some slightly realistic details about what life was like in Scandinavian slums (in particular in Norway and Sweden) for the very poor. In particular I want to know if there are any good resources for the Norwegian and Swedish equivalent of London thieves' cant that I could use as a model for the thieves' cant in my story, although going by how many immigrants this fantasy Iceland has and the extreme poverty in this Reykjavik there would probably be a bit of British influence on the slang people use.
Also does anyone have good information on baby farming in Scandinavia? I can basically only find a few scattered references to Swedish "angelmakers" like Hilda Nilsson and there isn't that much information about her in English. I did find this Swedish site though.
Thanks in advance, hope my question's clear.
- Resources for 19th century Scandinavian (Norwegian) thieves' cant and baby farming in Norway