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.