Tuesday, June 17

Tuesday Facts - Henrik Wergeland 200 years

Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland was born June 17, 1808 in Kristiansand. He was a Norwegian writer, celebrated for his poetry but also a prolific playwright, polemicist, historian, and linguist.
He is often described as a leading pioneer in the development of a distinctly Norwegian literary heritage and indeed of modern Norwegian culture. (The painting above is Reidar Aulie´s "I natt red´n Henrik forbi")

Wergeland became a "symbol" of the fight for celebration of the constitution at May 17, which was later to become the Norwegian National Day. He became a "public hero" after the infamous "battle of the Square" in Christiania, which came to pass because any celebration of the national day was forbidden by the Swedish Royal Decree. Wergeland was, of course, present and became renowned for standing up against the local governors. Later, he became the first to give a public address on behalf of the day and thus he was given credit as the one who "initiated the day".Many people in Norway only think of the 17th of May regarding Wergeland, but many have the meaning that he is remembered for the "wrong" things. His fight with Welhaven, his sad loving affairs instead of his happy marriage, the many court processes (which he lost), the refusal of being a priest due to his lifestyle and that many others played a more significant role in the May 17 process. More of this can be read in this article (in Norwegian) from bt.no

When celebrating his 200 years birthday I think it is important to remember at least two women who have had an important influence of the way we today look at Wergeland. His sister Camilla Collett and perhaps mostly Ingeborg Refling Hagen who called him the Great Sow Man.
Jørgen Holen´s painting "Såkvinnen" can be a tribute to these ladies.Wergeland died 37 years old on July 12, 1845 in Christiania ( Now Oslo )


RuneE said...

If anybody is underestimated in Norwegian cultural (and other) history - he is.

Nice post.

mrsnesbitt said...

I love the vibrancy and passion you bring to your history and cilture Arne.
June 17th was the day my nana died in 1970. Things were about to change....
watch this space!


picturing said...

very interest V post...

My ABC in here Thanks

Juliana RW said...

very lovely painting.

Mine in here at My Imaginary site. Thanks

Anemone said...

Hei gutten.

Dette hlørte jeg mye om i frokost tv i dag tidlig. Kjente faktisk at jeg ble litt irritert, for Wergeland var jo kjent for så mye mer enn akkurat 17. mai, faktisk som jeg ikke visste om..., det er jo helt på vår nasjonaldag han blir nevnt, og alt det andre havner så i skyggen av dette!!

Nydelie farger i det bildet du har postet her også, ser du tiltrekkes av flotte fargesterke bilder, med mye liv. Fotosafari har du også startet med, er det ikke morsomt?? Spesiellt når en har slikt et vakkert tre som du har under der.

Klem fra deg til meg.

reader Wil said...

Thank you for telling the history of Wergeland!

babooshka said...

A very complete post. Very educational v this week

RuneE said...

Interessant. Jeg likte spesielt hulebildet.

PS Hva får du for 5000 Dong?