Aslaug Vaa

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Aslaug Vaa
Portrett av Aslaug Vaa (utsnitt av større ark) (15252253971).jpg
Portraits of Aslaug Vaa
Born (1889-08-25)25 August 1889
Rauland, Norway
Died 28 November 1965(1965-11-28) (aged 76)
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Poet and playwright
Spouse(s) Ola Raknes
Children Magli Elster
Relatives Dyre Vaa (brother)
Torolf Elster (son-in-law)
Jon Elster (grandson)

Aslaug Vaa (25 August 1889 – 28 November 1965) was a Norwegian poet and playwright.


Aslaug Vaa was born on Nystog in Rauland, in Telemark county, Norway. Her lyrical debut was Nord i leite (1934). She was married to Norwegian psychologist and writer Ola Raknes.

Her poem So rodde dei fjordan ("then they rowed the fjords") was frequently recited on radio, has been selected for several anthologies, and was made into a song with melody by Geirr Tveitt. Vaa's poetry and writing contains elements from local tradition, landscape and language, but also international influence.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • 1938 Steinguden
  • 1947 Tjugendagen
  • 1965 Honningfuglen og leoparden
  • 1966 Munkeklokka


  • 1934 Nord i leite
  • 1935 Skuggen og strendan
  • 1936 Villarkonn
  • 1939 På vegakanten
  • 1947 Fotefár
  • 1954 Skjenkarsveinens visurry
  • 1963 Bustader


  1. ^ (in Norwegian) "Om Aslaug Vaa: -- Ein ekte poet"Dag og Tid (Retrieved on February 8, 2008)

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