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Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783–1872)

Grundtvig, Nikolai Frederik Severin (grönt-vig). A Danish theologian, historian, and poet; born in Udby, Island of Seeland, Sept. 8, 1783; died at Copenhagen, Sept. 3, 1872. His first writings were ‘A Masked Ball in Denmark,’ a protest in prose and verse against the intellectual frivolity of the time: ‘An Abridgment of Norse Mythology’; and ‘The Progressive Decadence of Military Prowess and Science in the North.’ He was the founder of a religious movement known as Grundtvigism, designed to reconstruct Christianity, institutionally and to some extent doctrinally. ‘The Manual of Universal History’; ‘The Mythology of the North’ (1832); and ‘Little Norse Poems,’ are among his celebrated works.