A journey into Norway’s enchanted fairy world, from Asbjorsen’s fairy tales to Ibsen’s theater, to the world of Sofia
It is a magical world that of Norway, a portion of land that develops from north to south along the western edge of the Scandinavian Peninsula, and precisely from the North Cape, the northern end of the European continent, to the coasts of the Skagerrak. Among its territories in the extreme North of Europe the archipelago of Svalbard and the island of Jan Mayen, in the southern regions the Bouvet islands and Peter I, as well as the Land of Queen Maud, a vast sector of Antarctica.
Land of conquest, the history of the Scandinavian country, tells us that already from the earliest age the people were dedicated above all to navigation and trade, some rock engravings dating back to the Bronze Age depict signs of the passage of the typical Viking ships, sailors raiders, with whom Norway made the official entry into Europe. Certain moments of great agitation are certainly not lacking. Throughout the 9th century Norway was the scene of conflicts and cession of territories, with a more than justified migration of the populations; only with the abolition by Great Britain (1849) of the Navigation Act did Norway’s maritime activity suddenly increase and the increased prosperity of agriculture contributed to increasing well-being.
Land and cultural tradition
Boom of Norwegian literature
Movie inspired by mythology:
Found Colombo’s book
Ferdinand Kolumbus wasn’t interested in exploring like his father. He devoted himself to books and collected a unique collection.
The boy was only four years old when his father, Christopher Columbus, crossed the Atlantic in 1492 and arrived in the Eastern European islands as the first European.
When his father explored, the boy possessed his life for books. Ferdinando Kolumbus learned to write and read and became a bibliographer with a passion for literature and his collection.
found Colombo’s book
Five hundred years ago, he wanted to create a huge collection of books, the largest library of all time.
He bought books, manuscripts, pamphlets and posters during his travels through Europe. The collection has become one of the largest in Europe, with an estimated 15,000 items. The collection was made possible by the property inherited from the father.
A precious book on old books
Ferdinando was also a pioneer in recording information.
Since there were many books, it was impossible for him to know what they contained. That’s why he hired people to read his books and write summaries.
The information was compiled as a work called Libro de los Epitomes. His purpose was to help find books in a huge library.
So the work has disappeared for centuries.
In March this year, the Arnamagna Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, published a newsletter on its website (we will go to another service): the catalog has been found!
He was forgotten in a place where no one thought he would even look. The Book of Epitomes was discovered in the Institute’s collection (another service is passed), composed mainly of Icelandic writings.
Nearly two thousand books have been written in Latin and there are about two thousand pages.
The discovery was written by a number of foreign media, including the British The Guardian (moving to another service) and the US NPR (moving to another service).
Part of life’s work has been destroyed
Ferdinand Kolumbus died at the age of 50 in 1539. He was buried in the Spanish cathedral of Seville, as well as his father.
The boy’s life was left with drops. Only a part of the large library has survived. The work was stolen, destroyed and some suffered water damage. The remaining collection is currently kept in the Colombina Library in Seville (you move to another service).
In some books only the annoyed pages of the catalog that appeared again appeared.
What about the long-lost and surprisingly found libretto?
Subsequently, the Latin text of the Book of Epitomes is translated. The book is also digitized to make it accessible to everyone.
The work should last seven years.