What: Knut and Marie Hamsun's residence
Where: Strandbygdveien 151, 2408 Elverum, Norway
Here it is: Elverum is situated on the road 3 through the Østerdalen. From the city centre you drive north on the Strandbygdveien along the river.
Here Knut and Marie Hamsun lived with short intermissions in autumn/winter 1910-1911. The house is named Bakkelund (Hillgrove) and has remained almost unaltered since Hamsun's times. Knut and Marie had rented the upper floor.
Hamsun's collected letters, one can find enjoyable traces
from the time in Elverum: "Dear Mrs. Welhaven, Elverum, 13.
September 1910. Now I have finally got hold
of the remaining booklets of my collected and shall find
them one of these days and send them; up till now I have
had such a mess due to this removal, - Oh, had no time to
speak neither orally nor in writing the whole winter, I
have sixty-odd unanswered letters lying around! Let Mrs.
Nissen rest in peace; it was probably not easy for her
either, but for whom is it easy! By the way, in 20 years
both you and I will be where she is now. Then we will be
nothing more than she is now: A medallion on a stone. But
still we breathe. And here is a nice forrest. And you are
leaving for Rome. And then another year has gone. And
this time next year it will be 19 years before you and I
turn into medallions. Yours sincerely Knut Hamsun."
Many thanks for the tip to Team Olsen and father-in-law!
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