Norwegian Author Agnar Mykle and the Song of the Red Ruby

Agnar Mykle (1915-1994) is regarded as one of the most important Norwegian postwar authors. His writings have had considerable influence on subsequent writer generations. His prose represents a combination of detailed poetic realism, intense sensual descriptions, great humor and deep… Read More ›

Norwegian Folk Tales and Legends

In the summer of 1837, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe left on their first mission to collect Norwegian folk tales. In 1841, their first pamphlet collection was released: ‘Norwegian folk tales, collected by P. Chr. Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe’…. Read More ›

The Law of Jante – ‘Janteloven’

The Law of Jante describes a certain community behavior, especially within Scandinavian villages, which negatively criticizes individual success and achievement. It was ‘created’ by Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel ‘A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks’ (1933). The novel portrays… Read More ›