Letter, 4.4.1925, from Sigrid Hougaard
Object reference: RA 318B37
Sender / Author: Sigrid Hougaard
Recipient: Roald Amundsen
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Dear Roald Amundsen !
There should be a tribute poem to you in Tidens Tegn’s children’s newspaper, and then my poem arrived a day late, because we live here and I didn’t get it as nice as I wanted it for you. So I sent it to you, but you probably haven’t got it yet. But you should have it, and you must salute the other handsome guys from me, but now I don’t know the address,
but the whole of Norway and the whole world know about you, so you’ll get it OK. Now the two little girls Kamilla and her sister should have been here with you. Yes, I write that poem now in honour of you and the others too:
To Roald and his men.
In the hearts of children across Norway’s land,
will Roald and his men stand as a lasting memory.
You brave bird, whom the Pole could not hold in its icy embrace.
Welcome home! I can find no words
to explain the feeling that lives in my heart!
You stout Roald! I have a wish,
It will be fulfilled, when you on your next journey set out.
Yes, I am small, but surely I see:
“You plant Norway’s flag at the Pole next year !”
[The original Norwegian is written as rhyming couplets]
Compliments from Sigrid Hougård, Lillesand.
13 ½ years.