egil at telepost.no
Wed Oct 4 16:52:37 CET 1995
Several months ago there was a discussion here on the details Carl
Barks (and Don Rosa) put into their stories, and where they picked
them up. A few of the Norwegian members on this list complained about
the national costumes that Barks used in the story from US 9, "The
lemming with the locket". I have a few (?) comments on this:
That glorious time when Donald first visited Norway in US 9
(reprinted in US 104, US 179 and US 250), is well remembered between
Norwegian Donaldists. Most of you probably remember the story were
Scrooge had to follow a lemming to the Norwegian city "Herringtale"
to catch a lemming that had a locket with the code to his bin around
its neck. Scrooge got the locket back by the help of his nephews and
some Norwegian cheese that the lemming could not resist...
Interesting here is what inspired Barks to draw such exquisitly
beautiful pictures of the Norwegian landscape. In a letter that
Mr.Barks wrote to me on March 21st 1978, he said among other things:
"I lived four years in Minneapolis, which is the Norwegian capital
of America, and I was introduced to such Norwegian stapes as
lutefisk, leftse (?) and of course gjetost."
So Barks knew something about Norway before he started research. Then
in "National Geographic" from August 1954 there is an article
starting on page 153, "Stop-and-Go Sail Around South Norway". This
article has a lot of pictures that Barks must have used when he made
US 9, published a year later. F.I, the half-page were the
ducks look at the blanket of lemmings moving towards the sea,
is found at National Geographic page 162, a picture from Lysefjorden.
And-the national costumes Barks used on page 12 in his story is a mix
of two children in Hardanger costumes from National Geographic page
161, and two Setesdal costumes from page 176 in the same magazine. I
wish I had a scanner so I could show you the pictures.
BTW, for Carl Barks´ birthday in 78 a friend and I sent him some
Norwegian cheese, as cheese is part of the lemming-story. First he
thought it to be raindeer-cheese, as there was a picture of a
raindeer on the cheese. Later he told me he really liked the cheese
and he even remembered the gift when I gave him some more when he
visited Norway during his European trip.
address erik at telepost.no
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