Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Mindre Fortellinger: Blakken (398 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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This autobiographical tale is set in the parish of Kvikne, a remote village where winter came “sorrowfully early!” (159). Bjørnson remembers that “the cold was so great that I dared not take hold of the latch of the street door, lest my fingers should freeze fast to the iron” (159). Kvikne was reputed to be so violent that, on going to church, the priest had to carry a pistol; for a long period, no clergyman was appointed there. Bjørnson’s father, known for his strength and authority, took a posting there, during which time he acquired a dun-coloured horse called Blakken. Its mother was a large red mare, and its sire, a “madcap” black fjord horse (163). Young Bjørnson “slept with the mare and foal in the fields, and …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Mindre Fortellinger: Blakken". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2016
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