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Marlow

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Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2018 - 10:19am PT

Hans Børli

Hans Borli
Hans Borli

Hans Børli (1918-89) was born and lived in the wooded county of Hedmark in south eastern Norway. He was the fifth of seven children born to Nils Thorkildsen Børli (1883–1951) and Marie Bolette Olsdatter Børli (1881–1962). Børli was raised on a small farm in a road-less area in the forests of Eidskog Kommune.

Børli was considered a gifted boy and was admitted to Talhaug Mercantile School in Kongsvinger. He later was admitted to a military academy in Oslo, but his education was ended by the outbreak of the Second World War. Børli fought against the invading German Army, was involved in some intense battles in Vardal, and was captured in Verdal. After being released, he went back to Eidskog and worked as a teacher and forest worker for the remaining of the war. During the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, he was also involved in illegal activities including guiding refugees across the Swedish border.

His experience of poverty and hardship would leave a deep imprint on his later art. However, the positive effects of living close to nature, the wisdom of tradition and the solidarity between workers also had a significant bearing on his writings. A strict Christian pietism upbringing would leave Børli forever struggling with the counteractive forces of rebellion and a deeply embedded sense of religious longing.

His days seem to have been divided into two separate parts: by day, he lived the physically demanding life of a lumberjack, but by night, he turned poet and spent the still, dark hours writing. His days, however, were an enactment of his poetry. Borli's verse is alive with his experiences of the Norwegian forests - with the moods of sky and water, with the creatures that moved in air and woodland, and with the trees themselves. Sometimes lonely or even mystical, some of his finest poems bite deep like the blow of an axe.

His first collection of poetry, Tyrield was published in 1945. Until the mid-1950s, he published books almost annually, both poetry and prose. Ole Gundersen Børli (1860–1945), his mother's father was considered one of the last great oral narrator of legends and stories of the area. He was considered an important influence on the young writer-to-be. Hans Børli was by his own account also heavily influenced by the writings of poet Olav H. Hauge (1908-1994).

Hans Borli: We Own the Forests and other Poems (translation by Louis Muinzer)

Hans Borli - We Own the Forests and other Poems - translated by Louis ...
Hans Borli - We Own the Forests and other Poems - translated by Louis Muinzer

Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2018 - 10:27am PT

It is dark you say..

Oh my friend, paths are often dark
but mankind must want to see a guiding star
and fight for it so passionately and boldly
from the depths of all his rebel heart
that the darkness catches fire
and the star is suddenly there, sparkling and eternal
over the frozen fields.

Hans Børli


So take it with you.

The smallest green
that has happened to you
can save your life some day
in the winter's land,
just a blade of grass,
a single, little faded blade
from last summer,
frozen fast in the snowdrift
can stop the avalanche's
thousand deadly tons
from plunging down..

Hans Børli
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 10:19am PT

Albert Engström

Credit: Albert Engström

Lovisa Persson in her worst battle mood saying to Anderssonskan:
"You, fat cow, put your ass where your head is, then maybe you would look better"

Anderssonskan, answering superiorly:
"Ack, that’s what I did yesterday, but then someone passing me said, “but isn’t it Lovisa Persson who is out walking” "
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 10:32am PT

Grandfather is looking at the grandsons fighting and mumbles angrily: ...
Grandfather is looking at the grandsons fighting and mumbles angrily: "I gave forged knives to those bastards, and still they fight with their bare hands"
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 10:49am PT

Albert Engström's satirical cartoons and caricatures ridiculed the powers that be, including priests, rulers, burgess and officers. His best-known character was 'Kolingen', a tramp who always observed and made fun of the upper classes from an outsider's point of view.
Kolingen
Kolingen
Credit: Albert Engstrom
Kolingen
Kolingen
Credit: Albert Engstrom

Alberet Engström: https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/engstrom_albert.htm
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 19, 2018 - 11:24am PT
Nice. I like the Strix header...
Credit: Reilly
My take on the byline:
‘Notwithstanding evil intelligence in the world
be happy for all that is good’

(Do correct me)

Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 11:29am PT

Yes, or another alternative:

Accept nothing evil in the world,
but be thankful for everything good...

Not that Albert himself was always able to follow his scripture...

Reminds me of Johan Borgen and his words: "Du skal ikke tåle så inderlig vel den urett som ikke rammer deg selv"...
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 12:36pm PT

Albert Engström - self portrait 1917

Albert Engstrom - self portrait 1917
Albert Engstrom - self portrait 1917
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 12:37pm PT

The scent of fresh wood
is among the last things you will forget
when the veil falls.
the scent of fresh white wood
in the spring sap time:
as though life itself walked by you,
with dew in its hair.
That sweet and naked smell
kneeling woman-soft and blond
in the silence inside you,
using your bones for
a willow flute.
With the hard frost beneath your tongue
you look for the fire to light a word,
and know, mild as southern wind in the mind,
there is still one thing in the world
you can trust.

Hans Børli
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 12:38pm PT

Tyrived: Pine full of resin used to get fire in the oven or fire up the campfire or get better friction on French sandstone.

Tyrived
Tyrived
Tyrived
Tyrived
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2018 - 12:47pm PT

A prayer for the wild at heart...
A prayer for the wild at heart...
Credit: Mari Valen Hoihjelle
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2018 - 12:29pm PT

Stories of Finnish Art – Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lemminkäinen's Mother, 1897



Lemminkäinen's mother
Lemminkäinen's mother

Akseli Gallen-Kallela painted some powerful interpretations of the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala. Among the most moving of these was the Symbolist painting Lemminkäinen's Mother, in which youthful bravado and recklessness have driven the hero to destruction. The scene is set in the realm of the dead, by the river of Tuonela, from which there is no return. And yet the power of a mother’s love transcends the bounds of humanity, and the dead awaken to life. The film takes the viewer deep into another world, into limbo, into a land that does not exist.

Lemminkäinen's mother
Lemminkäinen's mother
Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2018 - 01:53am PT

Tomatoes talk, birch trees learn – and the Swiss constitution states that living beings have a dignity to be respected | Florianne Koechlin


Marlow

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OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2018 - 11:07am PT

Finnskogen this weekend.

Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Dry dry weather
Dry dry weather
Credit: Marlow
Sun and weather work on painted wood
Sun and weather work on painted wood
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Helgen
Helgen
Credit: Marlow
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 30, 2018 - 01:34am PT
Hej! Who cut down all the trees?
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2018 - 09:25am PT

You have ended up too high above ocean level. Where's that?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 30, 2018 - 01:58pm PT
We took the ‘shortcut’ from Gausta to Geilo. It was way cool north of Austbygdi when it got down to one lane! 😜 We were on some vidda between Lufsjå and Sønstevatn.

On Hardangervidda today. Heinrik wasn’t home.
Heinriks Bu
Heinriks Bu
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2018 - 12:22pm PT

I don't know who Heinrich is or was, Reilly, but I'm quite sure he didn't know Forest Finn "Vesterås-Anders":

Vesteraas Anders - Sodra Finnskoga
Vesteraas Anders - Sodra Finnskoga

But what about artist Tore Hansen:

I Provinsen - Tore Hansen
I Provinsen - Tore Hansen
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 5, 2018 - 12:44pm PT
How about Ole Brude?

Credit: Reilly
Across the Atlantic for five months?  Seriously?
Across the Atlantic for five months? Seriously?
Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2018 - 12:57pm PT

That's hardware for hardmen...
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