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Encyclopedia > Inge Krokann

Inge Krokann (born in Oppdal in 1893, died in Gausdal in 1962) was a Norwegian writer whose work was characterized by:

    • Vivid descriptions of the relationships between man and nature in the harsh environment around his birthplace of Oppdal;
    • Effective and innovative use of the Oppdal dialect and nynorsk in his writing;
    • A strong sense of history in his writing, tying together the pagan and Christian eras in Norwegian history

He worked as a teacher most of his life, though he was disabled by disease at an early age.


His most famous work is "I Dovre Sno" - "In the Snow of Dovre," an epic story of the Loe family in the Middle Ages.


Many consider Inge Krokann one of the finest Norwegian writers, but since his writing is so strongly tied in the use of dialect and idiosyncratic nynorsk, his works are largely inaccessible and arguably untranslateable.


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