Hjalmar is a name of Icelandic origin which means “helmeted soldier” or “warrior in helmet.” The Finnish form of the name is Jalmari and the short form is Jari. Hjalmar was a fairly popular name around the beginning of the 20th century, then dipped, but is now gaining popularity again. Hjalmar Gullberg (30 May 1898–19 July 1961) was a Swedish writer, poet and translator of Greek drama into Swedish. Gullberg was born in Malmö, Skåne. As a student at Lund University, he was the editor of the student magazine Lundagård. He was the manager of the Swedish Radio Theatre, 1936-1950. In 1940 he was made a member of the Swedish Academy, and he became an honorary doctor of philosophy at Lund University in 1944. As a friend of composer Lars-Erik Larsson, he wrote the libretto of the religious lyrical suite, “God in Disguise.” Gullberg, often described as a "black poet" (i.e. using heavy but controlled emotions), revealed a somewhat surprising, brighter and less melancholic side to his artistry in “God in Disguise.”
Bodil is a Danish version of the woman's Nordic name Bothild, a combination of the words “bot” as in “healing” and “hild” as in “fight.” Bodil was a common name in Sweden during the 1940s and 1950s but is rare today.
Bodil Malmsten (born 19 August 1944) is a Swedish poet and novelist. She was born close to Östersund in Jämtland, Sweden and grew up at her grandparents' home. The English translation of her novel, “Priset på vatten i Finistère” (“The Price of Water in Finistère”), was selected as a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Malmsten was awarded an honorary degree by the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Mid-Sweden University in Östersund in 2006.