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Thorbjørn Egner

Thorbjørn Egner
Thorbjørn Egner c. 1961.
Photo: Oslo Museum
Born (1912-12-12)12 December 1912
Oslo, Norway
Died 24 December 1990(1990-12-24) (aged 78)
Occupation Artist, author, songwriter, playwright, musician, illustrator and translator
Genre Children's literature, play, novels, songs, drawing

Thorbjørn Egner (12 December 1912 – 24 December 1990) was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter and illustrator known for his books, plays and musicals for children.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Life 2
  • Selected publications 3
    • Books 3.1
    • Children's books 3.2
    • Albums 3.3
    • Films 3.4
  • References 4
  • Other sources 5


He grew up in the working class neighbourhood Kampen in Oslo and his breakthrough was on the nationally broadcast children's radio show Barnetimen for de minste in the beginning of the 1950s.

Egner is particularly known for his books Karius og Baktus (1949), Thorbjørn Egners lesebøker (1950–1972), Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen (1953) and Folk og røvere i Kardemommeby (1955, translated 1976). The latter two were made into successful musicals. He also illustrated his own books.

Thorbjørn Egner received the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1972 and Cappelen Prize in 1979. He also won three Spellemann awards (Spellemannprisen): in 1975 for Ole Brumm og vennene hans , in 1977 for the album Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by and in 1982 for Beste Egnerviser, a collection of his songs.[2]


In 1937, Thorbjørn Egner married Annie Eliassen (born in 1912 in Oslo). They had four children together. Egner died in the afternoon of Christmas Eve 1990 in Oslo of a massive heart attack.

Selected publications


  • Gamle hus i Vågå (1943)
  • Gamle hus i Rauland (1945)

Children's books

  • Barneboka, (1940, with Sigurd Winsnes)
  • Malermester Klattiklatt dypper kosten - og tar fatt (1940)
  • Truls og Kari: en liten bok for store og små (1941)
  • Truls og Kari kommer til den store byen (1942)
  • Ola-Ola som alle dyra var så glad i (1942)
  • Småfolk (1942)
  • Jumbo som dro ut i verden (1943)
  • Klattiklatt i hjemmefronten (1945)
  • Hesten, kua og de andre (1945)
  • Da Per var ku (1946)
  • Karius og Baktus (1949)
  • Tretten viser fra barnetimen (songbook, 1951)
  • Nye viser fra barnetimen (songbook, 1952)
  • Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen (1953)
  • Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by (1955)
  • Tommy og elefanten (1958)
  • 4 Verden er stor (1972)



  • Kardemommeviser (1955)
  • Doktor Dyregod (1955)
  • Karius og Baktus (1957)
  • Ole Brumm (Winnie the Pooh) og vennene hans (stories 1-4, 1974; stories 5-8, 1975; stories 9-11, 1976)
  • Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by (1975)
  • De seksten beste Egnerviser (issued 1982; recorded 1953–1982)
  • Hakkebakkeskogen (2012)


  • Karius og Baktus (1955, puppet film, directed by Ivo Caprino)
  • Klatremus i knipe (1955, puppet film, directed by Ivo Caprino)
  • Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by (1988, directed by Bente Erichsen)


  1. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Thorbjørn Egner
  2. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Thorbjørn Egner/utdypning
  3. ^ "Egner, Thorbjørn".  

Other sources

  • Thorbjørn Egner profile at Cappelen Damm
  • Thorbjørn Egner profile at Ballade
  • DagbladetThorbjørn Egner profile at
  • AftenpostenThorbjørn Egner profile at
Preceded by
first recipient
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
Succeeded by
Odd Eidem
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