Stolt Anne

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Portrait of Anne Clausdatter, Borgestad gård (Foto: Cecilie Authen, Telemark Museum)
Hans Paus (1656–1715), author of Stolt Anne

Stolt Anne is a poem written by Hans Paus, parish priest in Kviteseid, around 1700. The title character is Anne Clausdatter, owner of Borgestad Manor, one of the region's largest estates, and a first cousin of Paus' wife Susanne. The poem portrays Anne as a generous person who was well liked by the population of Telemark. The poem is noted for being the first time dialect was used as a written language in Norway. Anne gave Hans Paus an island, Bukkøy in Kviteseid (400 daa), to express her gratitude for the poem.[1]

12 verses were included in Norske Folkeviser (1853) by Magnus Brostrup Landstad. Henrik Ibsen, a relative of Hans Paus, paraphrased the poem in the drama Lady Inger of Ostrat.[2]


  1. ^ Øystein Rian, Bratsberg på 1600-tallet: stat og samfunn i symbiose og konflikt, ISBN 82-00-22519-4, pp. 113-117
  2. ^ Francis Bull, Gerhard von der Lippe Gran, i Edda: nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, vol. 30. s. 21, 1930