Matias Skard

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Matias Skard (28 May 1846 – 28 July 1927) was a Norwegian philologist, educator, psalmist, essayist and translator.[1]


Matias Olsen Skard was born on a family farm at Øyer in Gudbrandsdal, Norway. He had planned to study theology but rather began his career as a teacher. He taught at the Latin School in Lillehammer from 1864–68 and at Folk High Schools in Nord-Trøndelag from 1877-1881. He chaired the Vonheim Folk High School founded by Christopher Bruun in Østre Gausdal from 1884–90. From 1886 to 1890, he was also co-editor of the newspaper Framgang. He taught at the Teacher's College in Levanger from 1892-1901. In 1901, he was appointed school director in Kristiansand, a position he retained until he retired in 1921.[2][3]

During the 1880s, Skard was in a task group charged with translating the New Testament into the Norwegian language. His brief Nynorsk dictionary Nynorsk ordbok for rettskriving og literaturlesnad, which was published by Aschehoug in 1912, proved popular and has been a basis for several later editions.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Matias Skard was married three times. He was the father of horticulturists Olav Skard and Torfinn Skard, professor Sigmund Skard, classical philologist Eiliv Skard and Bishop Bjarne Skard.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Matias Skard (Allkunne AS)
  2. ^ "Matias Skard". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Vonheim folkehøyskole (Aulestad - Karoline og Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons hjem)
  4. ^ Gulliksen, Øyvind T. "Matias Skard". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Hosar, Kristian (2010). "Gudbrandsdølen". In Flo, Idar. Norske aviser fra A til Å. Volume four of Norsk presses historie 1660–2010 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 149. ISBN 978-82-15-01604-7. 
  6. ^ Skard (Store norske leksikon)

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