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Born in a Fishing Village

O. E. Rölvaag was born Ole Edvart Pedersen on April 22, 1876, one of seven children of Peder Benjamin Jakobsen and Ellerine Pedersdatter Vaag. He was born in the family's cottage in a small fishing village on the island of Dønna, near the Arctic Circle in Norway. The settlement had no official name, but it was referred to as Rølvaag, the name of a nearby cove where the fishermen kept their boats. The rough landscape and surrounding sea inspired young Rölvaag as he dreamed of becoming a poet. As a boy, Rölvaag read books he obtained by walking several miles to use libraries that served the fishing community.

Rölvaag's formal schooling ran for nine weeks a year over seven years. His education ended...

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