kingdom of Peer Gynt will be shown by the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. ©
Steinar Nyhus and Britt Myhrer. Small images © Travel Explorations.
Henrik Ibsen is probably the most famous Norwegian internationally.
He travelled abroad for nearly thirty years. Ibsen lived in Rome, Dresden,
Munich and visited also many other places. On his journeys he wrote plays and
directed a variety of theatres.
Ibsen`s most famous poem Peer Gynt was first
published in 1867. This poem is a social satire where the main character
Peer Gynt explores an unknown world and learns about
life. It`s also about giant
trolls of forest and mountain, creatures of the lower world, gnomes, danger seductive
hulders (kind of witches) and witchcraft (sorcery), travelling out in the big world, international
capitalism, power politics, culture aggression, Arab sheiks and more.
|Photo. Me standing beside a statue of Peer
Gynt in Vinstra, Gudbradsdalen, Norway.
Peer Gynt is a
character from Norwegian folklore, known to theater audiences
worldwide as the great adventurer of Henrik Ibsen's classic play of the
same name. Just as Peer Gynt I was born and grew up in Vinstra.
The stories about Peer Gynt adventures in Egypt are amazing,
especially the story about when he talks to the Sphinx. It`s a national symbol of
Egypt. Referred from the book: "Peer Gynt examines the Sphinx attentively,
now through his eyeglass, now through his hollowed hand.....".
|Photo. The Great Sphinx. It has
fascinated poets, scholars, adventurers and tourists also included
Peer Gynt and Henrik Ibsen.
© Steinar Nyhus and Britt Myhrer.
"sphinx", which means 'strangler', was first given by the Greeks to a fabulous
creature which had the head of a woman, the body of a lion and the wings of a
|Photo. Trolls from Per Gynt Kingdom -
Vinstra and Gudbrandsdalen.
© Travel Explorations.
Henrik Ibsen based his book on a true person who grew up in Vinstra,
Gudbrandsdalen (Norway). Here you find his kingdom with a beautiful nature that
will spellbind you. Maybe that is because the Trolls enjoy themselves so much up
Stein Morten Lund, 27 October 2005
These are the main
ingredients in the superb book. For they who find travelling and explorations
boring in the today's real world this book can be an exciting and "funny"
Image. Cover from the book Peer Gynt by
Henrik Ibsen - a social satire and travel tale beyond all imaginations.
Peder Olson Hage, on whom Henrik Ibsen probably based his character,
lived at Haga farm in Sodorp - Sødorp - near the village Vinstra.
More recently research indicates that Per Laurissen Hage, who lived on
the farm during the 1600s, was more likely source of inspiration for
Ibsen`s Peer Gynt.
For they who like to obtain inspiration from a different world, can find many
of them in the book about the cosmopolitan Peer Gynt. But I warn you: watch up
for the disreputable Norwegian Trolls! But don't worry too much:
they only eat you once!
Many things have changed since Peer Gynt lived, but Vinstra is still a place
with several myths and historical grounds. The scenery is so enormous that I am
still convinced that there are still Trolls in the area. If you look carefully
enough you will probably see some of them. Rule number one: never walk alone
The Peer Gynt collection at Vinstra (Gudbrandsalen in Norway):
Per Gynt is an exhibition based on Henrik Ibsen`s world famous play, Peer Gynt.
Here you can meet the historical Per and the literary Peer.
The exhibition presents Peer Gynt`s international reputation, in form of
stage photographs, posters, programmes, costumes, books, etc. from productions
in many different countries. The exhibition is displayed at Peer Gynt Stugu (old
wooden house) from 1743 - a house from the farm where the historical Per
Informasjon på norsk (kilde: Odin - Det Norske departementenes
Kultur- og kyrkjedepartementet foreslår at løyvinga
til Nasjonalkomiteen for Ibsensatsinga blir styrkt med 12,7 millionar kroner til
19 millionar kroner i 2006.
"Ibsen er kanskje den mest kjende nordmannen i utlandet. Han er ein
kulturell døropnar for Noreg. Det er dette perspektivet som skal prega
hundreårsmarkeringa for Henrik Ibsens død", seier statsråd Svarstad
For mer informasjon, se departementenes
informasjonsside ODIN: Odin-info Peer