Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: En Glad Gut [A Happy Boy] (682 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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This is one of Bjørnson’s most popular “peasant tales”, showing how honesty and hard work could overcome the social and economic barriers between the gardman and the houseman (see A Dangerous Wooing, also written in 1860). Like Synnøve Solbakken (1857), it has an unambiguously happy ending.

Young Oyvind Thoresen of Pladsen, growing up in a poor family, has his own lamb. Four-year old Marit Knudsdatter, grand-daughter of Ola Nordistuen of the Heidegards, tricks him out of the lamb by tempting Oyvind with a “twisted bun” (8). Tempted by such a delicacy, he loses the lamb, then feels devastated. Soon after, however, Marit tearfully returns the lamb to him, forced so to do by her grandfather, but Oyvind …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "En Glad Gut". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 September 2016
[, accessed 19 March 2018.]

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