A Grundtvig Anthology: Selections from the writings of N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872)

By Niels Lyhne Jensen

An anthology of writing by Nikolaj Frederik, translated into English.

ISBN: 9780718898076


A notable figure in the cultural and social history of Denmark, Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig’s (1783-1872) works are still salient for us now. Highlighting his vivacious ideas and personality, A Grundtvig Anthology includes extracts from Grundtvig’s historical, educational, theological, devotional, and poetical works. Each chapter is prefaced by insightful explanatory introductions by leading authorities on Grundtvig’s monumental body of work, along with a comprehensive general introduction and illuminating annotations.

Grundtvig viewed the myths of the North as an expression of the moral values and understanding of life, and his hymn and song writing reveal the same joy of life, openness and freedom as the Norse perspective. By offering selections from across his major works, this anthology succeeds in capturing his spirit in English translation, and continuing his written legacy.

Additional information

Dimensions 229 × 152 mm
Pages 180
Illustrations 1 b&w

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About the Author

Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) was a theologian, priest, poet, writer and teacher who left an indelible mark on the life and culture of Denmark. A contemporary of Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard, and cited as one of the greatest poets in the Danish language, he left a great legacy which is still felt in public life and cultural activities in Denmark.
Niels Lyhne Jensen (1921-2001), lecturer and amanuensis, joined the Nordisk Institute at Aarhus University in 1969, having taught Scandinavian literature at Newcastle University. He wrote numerous articles and books on literary and historical subjects.
Edward Broadbridge moved to Denmark in 1967, learning its language and culture. He specialises in translating Grundtvig’s works into English.


I Biography Table
II Introduction
III From Grundtvig’s Introduction to Norse Mythology
IV The School for Life
V Selections from Within Living Memory
VI Selections from Elementary Christian Teachings
VII Sermons
VIII Poetry