Grundtvig, Nikolai Frederik Severin (17831872)

Grundtvig, Nikolai Frederik Severin, Danish poet and theologian, born in Zealand; was early smitten with a passion for the old Saga literature of the North, and published in 1808 “Northern Mythology,” which was followed by other works of a similar nature, patriotic songs, and a translation of “Beowulf”; he entered the Church as a curate in 1811; engaged in ardent controversy with the rationalists; became leader of a Church reform party, the Grundtvigians; was for seven years suspended from preaching, and eventually rose to be a bishop in Copenhagen, but had no see (17831872).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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