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Thorbjørn Egner – 100 years

12/12/2012 | By | Reply More

Thorbjørn Egner is well known and loved playwright in Scandinavia

Thorbjørn Egner

Mr. Thorbjørn Egner (1912-1990)

Thorbjørn Egner biography

Thorbjørn Egner (b: December 12. 1912 – d: December 24. 1990) was a Norwegian  playwright, songwriter and illustrator known for his books, plays and musicals for children.

He grew up in the working class neighbourhood Kampen in Oslo and his breakthrough was on the nationally broadcast children’s radio show “Barnetimen for de minste” in the beginning of the 1950´s.

He received the Cappelen award in 1979 and also won three Spellemann awards; in 1975 for “Ole Brumm og vennene hans“, in 1977 for the album “Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by” and in 1982 for “Beste Egnerviser” a collection of his songs.

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Thorbjørn Egner with “Karius & Baktus” – Photo: Brunjulv Aartun/Scanpix

Thorbjørn Egner is particularly known for his books Karius og Baktus (1949), Thorbjørn Egners lesebøker (1950–1972), Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen (1953) and Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by (1955, translated 1976). The latter two, were made into successful musicals, with music by the author. He also illustrated his own books.

Those milestones of Thorbjørns Egner, which he achieved by his 78 years lifetime, have now been given an great honor by various theaters and libraries with a special exhibitions in many countries, about his life and artwork he made from his workshop. In all his artwork he made, he always gave a positive message to the audience and readers, both to a child and an adult.

Today, on his 100 years anniversary are many various theaters and libraries in Norway, Denmark and Iceland, and also all the way down to the city of Essaouira in Marokko, which have now a special exhibitions and events of his artworks.

For example, have the National Library of Norway launched and set up a special website and exhibition about his work, called “Dyr, folk og røvere. På Egners arbeidsbord” translated to English as “Animals, People and Robbers. On Egner´s workshop“.

The National and University Library of Iceland commemorates the 100 years anniversary of Thorbjørn Egner, with an exhibition in cooperation with The National Theatre of Iceland, The Theatre Museum of Iceland, The National Library of Norway and the Embassy of Norway in Iceland.

Egner´s plays and books have been very popular in Iceland and other countries since the late 50´s and he designed himself sets and costumes for his plays on stage in The National Theatre of Iceland.

Please view this video below, which show one of his well known songs in one of his plays – “Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen” – the song about  teddy bear birthday or “Bamsens Fødselsdag“.

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