On this day in 2018, I arranged a visit to the Ringkøbing Museum on Denmark’s west coast to see the Mylius Erichsen exhibition. Actually, what I got was a behind the scenes look at lots of items from the Danmark Expedition to Greenland back in 1906-1908. Spoiler alert: this was the expedition when Mylius Erichsen was eaten by a polar bear! We think he was eaten by a bear. But he was never found again.
I was mostly interested in Erichsen’s first Greenland expedition, the Danish Literary Expedition (1902-04) as I wanted to write about Erichsen’s poetry and his accounts and tales from the west of Jutland. Of course, just getting my fingers on – no gloves required – items that were over 100 years old and had been on the expeditions in Greenland was quite magical.
In the search for things to blog about, I will revisit my visit and experiences and thoughts about Erichsen in later posts. This is, as usual just a teaser with a few photos.
I will, however, just add that I was given permission to use photos from the expedition on the cover of the novella I wrote about Erichsen in Greenland. Which leads me nicely into a shameless plug for The Fjord of Evil Winds.
More about Erichsen later.