According to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, three Norwegians started a fund for the support of Gabrielsson in April 2009 - Anne Wiik Nilsen, Gry Finsrud and Jan M Moberg. The latter, a former administrative director of Edda Media AS, decided to launch an initiative to help Eva Gabrielsson after he saw the TV documentary “The Millennium Millions,” produced by Swedish Television.

“Together hopefully we can help her pay for lawyers, and see so that she gets closer to her wish in winning the future right of the Millenium series,” the three wrote on the sight www.SupportEva.com. Gabrielsson herself says to Dagbladet that she, unlike Larsson’s father and brother (who have the rights to the author's literary estate), not only cares for money.

“It’s as if I never existed,” she says. “It’s all become an industry, and it is difficult to just sit and watch people doing whatever they want to do, even if it differs from the book. It’s all about money and selling. I would have been much more restrictive and clear about the terms.”

From last summer's Nordstjernan:

No deal over Millenium money
Talks between Stieg Larsson’s longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson and his family have failed to reach an agreement. The dispute is the same: the lucrative inheritance from Larssons best-selling Millenium trilogy. Larsson’s father and brother confirmed the news the other day. "The discussions which have been going on for six months between Stieg Larsson's heirs and his former partner Eva Gabrielsson have ended," the two men said in a statement also signed by their lawyer.

"Unfortunately, she did not want to accept all or part of our proposal," they wrote. The author of the three cult thrillers left behind a wrenching drama when he died suddenly of heart attack at age 50 in 2004. He died without a will and since he and his live-in partner were not married and had no children, his estate went to his father and brother, in accordance with Swedish law. That included royalties from the books - and sale of film rights - whose English titles are "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire", and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest". Millions of copies of the books have been sold worldwide.

Even though Larsson and Gabrielsson were a couple for 32 years, Sweden does not recognize common law marriage. Swedish public opinion has been sympathetic towards the woman seen as his widow after being excluded from the riches of his publishing phenomenon. According to Larsson's family, she has turned down their offers to share some of the wealth with her. Rumors persist that Gabrielsson had an active role in the editing of the three novels chronicling the adventures of Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist like Larsson, and a young computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. Gabrielsson has declined to comment on the rumors ahead of the publication soon of a book she has written about Larsson's life.

Big fan of the books or films? Walk in the footsteps of the main characters: http://www.nordstjernan.com/news/nordic/2742/