Gustaf Froding

(1860-1911 / Sweden)

Biography of Gustaf Froding

Gustaf Fröding ( August 22, 1860 - February 8, 1911) was a Swedish poet and writer, born in Alster outside Karlstad in Värmland. The family moved to Kristinehamn in the year 1867. He later studied at Uppsala University and worked as a journalist in Karlstad.

His poetry combines formal virtuosity with a sympathy for the ordinary, the neglected and the down-trodden. It is highly musical and lends itself to musical setting; as songs it has developed in to the much wider world of popular music and frequently been re-recorded by Swedish singers like Olle Adolphson and Monica Zetterlund. He wrote openly about his personal problems with alcohol and women and had to face a trial for obscenity for that cause.

He is generally held to be one of the greatest poets of verse that Sweden has ever produced, on par with Carl Michael Bellman.

Gustaf Froding's Works:

Works in English

Poems (1903) - (trans. by Albert Björck)
Selected Poems (1916) - (trans. by Charles Wharton Stork)
Guitar & Concertina (1925) - (trans. by C.D. Locock, 100 poems)
Gustaf Fröding: His Life and Poetry (1986) - (written by Paul Britten Austin)
The Selected Poems of Gustav Fröding (1993) - (trans. by Henrik Aspán, in collaboration with Martin Allwood)
The Complete Poems of Gustaf Fröding (1997–1999) - (trans. by Mike McArthur, several volumes)
The North! To the North! (2001) - (trans. by Judith Moffett, five Updates

The Old Mountain Troll

The evening draws on apace now
The night will be dark and drear;
I ought to go up to my place now,
But 'tis pleasanter far down here.

Mid the peaks where the storm is yelling
'Tis lonely and empty and cold;
But 'tis merry where people are dwelling,
In the beautiful dale's green fold.

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