Grytten, Ingeborg Anders-Datter

1668 - 1705

Norway

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Grytten, Ingeborg Anders-Datter

Written by:  Inger Vederhus

Ingeborg Anders-Datter Grytten came from a Norwegian-Danish family belonging to the clergy and lived the isolated life of a leper in her parents’ home in Holmedal in Sunnfjord on the west coast of Norway.

Her hymn book Kaars-Frugt, published in 1713, expresses a yearning for death and for God’s liberation of the soul from the body. The notion of life in the body as an exile from life in Heaven as a motif in Ingeborg Grytten’s writing has deep, personal resonance owing to the story of her illness.

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