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The Final Project

Hej, Alte! It’s finally time for me to unveil my Final Project, a retelling of everything I’ve studied in the style of the Prose Edda! It is technically a propaganda piece, so do not take it as an accurate depiction of history or reality, and while the entire text is in this post, please feel …

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The Norwegian Language

Norway’s path to gaining its own written languages, Bokmal and Nynorsk, truly began in the mid 1840s, when multiple intellectuals, including poet Henrik Wergeland, argued in favor of Norwegian abandonment of Danish as the official language and instead the creation of a new Norwegian language based off of local dialects, Ivar Asen’s “Landsmal,” which would …

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Slight Delay and some more Background

So, unfortunately, my computer with my current source downloaded on it broke down a few days ago. Luckily, as of now, I’ve gotten a new one with all of the files on the old one transferred, so nothing but time was lost. So, to make up for lost time, here’s some more background information (and …

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Norway’s Economic Development

The Norwegian Economy, much like the rest of Norwegian Society under Sweden, developed and helped further the cause of Norwegian Independence. The world-wide expansion of free trade, for all its faults in the modern age, was the spark that ignited the Norwegian Economy. Norway’s agricultural industry, which as previously established was 80% of the economy …

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1814- The Impact of Sweden on Norway’s Economy

(Both this and the previous post are from Nils Johan Jorgen’s Northern Lights, chapter 3) While the political impacts of Norway’s transfer to Sweden have been previously covered, and the later cultural impacts have as well, one topic that I have yet to cover would be the Norwegian economy. To put things quite simply, Norway’s …

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Quarter 1 Reflection

By the end of the week, I will officially be halfway through this independent study, a fact that brings me melancholy and pride in equal measures. I am sad that it will be over, but I am glad to have done this. I have learned quite a bit about Norwegian Romantic music and Norwegian politics …

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The Concept of the Norwegian Constitution

The Norwegian Constitution, originally written in 1814 and kept with some edits and changes since, was considered revolutionary for its time. It was written by a meeting of Christian Frederick and 21 distinguished men, known as the Meeting of Notables, and contained multiple concepts from the earlier US Constitution of 1787 and the French Constitution …

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Bull and Neurodivergence

This was something I was unsure about including in my last post, but after consideration, I believe that it would be appropriate to include. As both a relative of Bull and someone with Autism and ADHD, I believe that Ole Bull had at least one of the two. He could entertain himself and others in …

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Ole, Oleanna

Ole Bull (1810-1880) was a Norwegian musician who played a major role in developing Norway’s musical culture which helped propel it towards independence. In his youth, he had heard and listened to a type of Norwegian folk music known as “sl├ątts” (fiddle music) a lot. He had created a uniquely Norwegian style of music based …

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A Useful Discovery

This weekend, I found what I am nearly certain will be a very helpful resource in my attic while searching for Halloween decorations. What I found was, located on a bookshelf, a three-hundred and fifty-four page biography on Norwegian musician Ole Bull, entitled, Ole Bull: Norway’s Romantic Musician and Cosmopolitan Patriot. Ole Bull was, according …

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