Berte Canutte Aarflot

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Berte Canutte Aarflot
Born (1795-01-03)3 January 1795
Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Died 29 October 1859(1859-10-29) (aged 64)
Occupations Farmer, haugean, songwriter, author

Berte Canutte Aarflot (3 January 1795 – 29 October 1859) was a Norwegian farmer, haugean, songwriter and author.

Personal and early life[edit]

Aarflot was born at Årflot in Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal to the newspaper publisher Sivert Knutsson Aarflot (1759–1817) and his wife Gunhild Rasmusdotter Eikrem (1756–1836).[1] Berte Canutte gained knowledge to Hans Nielsen Hauge already as a small child, and joined a small circle of haugeans in Ørsta around 1800. The circle was led by Vebjørn Svendsen.[1] Berte Canutte learned writing by maintaining letter correspandence with fellow haugeans.[2] At the age of twelve, Berte Canutte started writing spiritual hymns. Her father was impressed by her writings in 1817—his last living year—and recommended her to print and publish them for a larger audience.[1] He recommended the title En gudelskende Siels opbyggelige Sange (English: A god-worshiping Soul's edifying Hymns), and the booklet was released in 1820 by her older brother Rasmus.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

In 1822, the preacher Amund Knutsson Brekke from Gurskøya convinced Aarflot to become a humble and loyal servant of Jesus Christ. On 7 June 1816, Berte Canutte married Amund Knutsson Hovdenakk, son of farmer Knut Jonsson Hovdenakk (c. 1734–1790) and his wife Mari Eliasdotter Mele (1744–1830).[1] They maintained a farm at Årflot from 1819 to 1852, and had together seven children. The farm hosted gatherings for fellow haugeans.

Berte Canutte Aarflot died of brain hemorrhage in 1859.[1] Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson wrote the following in Aftenbladet:[1]

This affectionate woman has lived for the edification of the many. Her deep, religious songs remain a treasure in every farmer's house from Trondheim to Bergen County; and have also travelled beyond the country and is being sung in the neighbour countries. One might say about her, that few in this country have in a wide area contributed that much to the growth of religion as her.[quote 1]

Works[edit]

  • En gudelskende Siels opbyggelige Sange, 1820
  • Troens Frugt. En Samling af aandelige Sange; i tvende Dele, 1830
  • Troens Frugt. En Samling af religiøse Opmuntrings og Opbyggelses-Breve, 1844
  • Sjælens Morgen- og Aftenoffer. Bønner, Sukke og Sange paa hver Dag i Ugen tilligemed Sange paa de fire Aarets Tider, 1846
  • Sjælens aandelige Høitidsglæde, indeholdende Bønner og Sange paa de i Aaret indfaldende Høitidsdage, 1853
  • Leilighedssange, 1853
  • Religiøse Breve til Opmuntring og Opbyggelse samt Bestyrkelse i Tro, Haab og Kjærlighed, 1853
  • Smuler til Næring for Livet i Gud. En Samling af Skrifter, 1856–62
  • Berte Kanutte Siversdatter Aarflots Selvbiografi, indeholdende Optegnelser om hendes aandelige Livsudvikling, tilligemed Sognepræst Wraamanns Tale ved hendes Grav samt nogle Mindesange, 1860
  • Før ikke udgivne Breve og Sange, utg. ved B. Støylen og H. G. Heggtveit, som del 3 i Berte Kanutte Aarflot. To Livsskildringer, 1893

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian: Denne gudhengivne Kvinde har levet til Manges Opbyggelse. Hendes dybe, religiøse Sange er en Skat i hver Bondes Hus hele Trondhjems og Bergens Stift igjennem; er ogsaa vandret længere udover Landet og synges tillige i Nabolandene. Man tør om hende sige, at Faa her i Landet har i en vid Kreds bidraget saaledes til Religionens Væxt som hun

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Fet, Jostein. "Berte Canutte Aarflot". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Pryser, Tore (1985). Norsk historie 1800–1870 [Norwegian History 1800–1870] (in Norwegian). Oslo: Det Norske Samlaget. p. 318. ISBN 82-521-2388-0.