Tor Ulven

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Tor Ulven (14 November 1953 – 18 May 1995) was a Norwegian poet. He is considered one of the major poets of the Norwegian post-war era, and won several major literary prizes in Norwegian literature.

His early works, consisting of traditional modernist verse poetry, were heavily influenced by André Breton and the surrealist movement. As the 1980s progressed he developed a more independent voice, both stylistically and thematically. The later part of his work consists mainly of prose. He committed suicide in 1995 in Oslo, the city where he was born.


In Joachim Trier's 2006 film Reprise Tor Ulven is mentioned by Philip as a writer that influenced him and is the inspiration for the character Sten Egil Dahl.[1]


  • the Dobloug prize in 1995
  • the Obstfelder prize in 1993
  • the Hartvig Kirans prize in 1990


  • 1977: Skyggen av urfuglen (poems)
  • 1980: Etter oss, tegn (poems)
  • 1981: Forsvinningspunkt (poems)
  • 1987: Det tålmodige (poems and prose poems)
  • 1988: Gravgaver (prose)
  • 1989: Søppelsolen (poems)
  • 1990: Nei, ikke det (short stories)
  • 1991: Fortæring (prose poems)
  • 1993: Avløsning (novel) - Replacement (English translation, 2012)
  • 1994: Vente og ikke se (short stories)
  • 1995: Stein og speil (prose poems)
  • 1996: Etterlatte dikt (various poetry)
  • 1997: Essays


  1. ^ "Reprise (2006) trivia".