Ola Vangen


October 17, 2021

Ola Sveinsson Vangen (1699–1739) was a Norwegian farmer, coal miner and songwriter from Vingelen in Østerdalen. He is remembered for the songs "Kølkjørarvisa" and "Gruvvisa". He was born on Østvangen in Vingelen in Tolga in Hedmark, and drove like most other farmers in the district charcoal for Røros Kobberverk. Kølkjørarvisa is known and preserved in both Danish-Norwegian and Vingels dialect: Ei kjørd last year, ei kjør this year, ei ska te åres fill run. Ola is mentioned as «Norway's first worker poet». It is probable that the dialect version was the original, and that the Danish-Norwegian is an adaptation that has changed both form and content. The first to publish parts of the visa was Nicolai Ramm Østgaard in the book En Fjeldbygd (1851) where he reproduced two verses in rural areas. Olav Røst reproduced the visa in its entirety in Minder fra hjembygden (1883). Visa is available in several versions. Regular versions have 10 verses, while a handwritten version from 1791 has as many as 23 verses. The dialect version of "Kølkjørarvisa" was recorded on the album Kåmmå no .... (1983) by Tone Hulbækmo. Ola Vangen was a cousin of Tore Skogstad.


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