Ole Lund Kirkegaard

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Ole Lund Kirkegaard (29 July 1940, Aarhus — 24 March 1979) was a Danish writer of children's literature and youth literature and a teacher. He mainly wrote about the interaction between adult and child. The main character in his books is usually an anti-hero. In 1969 he was awarded with the Danish Ministry of Culture's children book prize (Denmark) (Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris) [1]

Kirkegaard grew up in Skanderborg just south of Aarhus and many of his stories were inspired by his own childhood experiences there. On a cold winter night in 1979 Kirkegaard, on his way home, fell in the snow and could not get up again. He froze to death on location, at just 38 years of age. The street of Ole Lund Kirkegaards Stræde in Skanderborg, is named after him.


In Danish:

  • Lille Virgil (lit. Little Virgil), 1967
  • Albert, 1968
  • Orla Frøsnapper (lit. Orla Frogsnapper), 1969
  • Hodja fra Pjort (lit. Hodja from Pjort), 1970
  • Otto er et næsehorn (lit. Otto is a rhinoceros), 1972
  • Gummi-Tarzan (lit. Rubber-Tarzan), 1975
  • En flodhest i huset (lit. A hippopotamus in the house), 1978
  • Frode og alle de andre rødder (lit. Frode and all the other rascals), 1979
  • Per og bette Mads (lit. Per and wee Mads), 1981
  • Mig og Bedstefar - og så Nisse Pok (lit. Me and Grandpa - and Pok the Pixi too), 1982
  • Tippe Tophat og andre fortællinger (lit. Tippe Tophat and other stories), 1982
  • Anton og Arnold flytter til byen (lit. Anton and Arnold move to the city), 1988
  • Anton og Arnold i det vilde vesten (lit. Anton and Arnold in the wild west), 1988
  • Frække Friderik (lit. Naughty Friderik), 2008

Only a few of his works have been translated into English. This includes:

  • "Otto is a Rhino: Story and Drawings", Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1976


The stories of Ole Lund Kirkegaard have inspired several Danish films, including a TV series in 1977.[2]

Sources and further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Kunststyrelsen.dk List of recipients of the Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris
  2. ^ Ole Lund Kirkegaard IMBd