Living on the edge…

“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.”
Stephen Hunt

This was his summer cottage. I overheard the conversation between two women passing me when I was going down the hill.
A summer cottage I thought? Knud Rasmussen was preparing for his expeditions as a polar explorer and wrote his travel books, scientific reports, tales and legends in this place.
In the windswept house overlooking the sea, he shared his adventures with us.
It’s a grand tale of a man who always were out on an adventure. In reality or in his thoughts.
Knud Rasmussen died in 1933, 54 years old.
Peter Freuchen, another great polar explorer and friend wrote these words after Knud’s death:

“Knud Rasmussen was a man who endured to be viewed close up without losing in value.”

Did Knud Rasmussen take up to much space?  He only became 54 years old, but he achieved much more than most people do in a lifetime.

Note

Bag byen ligger Knud Rasmussens hus på en 30 meter høj klint

Behind the town lies Knud Rasmussen’s house on a 30 meter high cliff

The House of Knud Rasmussen
Knud Rasmussen – Wikipedia

Der, hvor Knud boede…

Højt oppe på klinten i Hundested med milevid udsigt over havet, boede polarforskeren Knud Rasmussen.
På en tavle på huset står disse ord for at mindes og hædre Knud:

“Her var hans hjem, og herfra drog han ud
den dristigste i flokken:Danmarks Knud.

En livsomfavner-som blev favnet selv
af lyse himle og af snegraa hvælv.

Saa tav hans hjærte som et standset spil..
hans sidste slædespor føg langsomt til.

Men som et nordlys over Danmarks savn
staar skæret fra hans smil,
hans daad, hans navn.

Oppe i bakkerne, oppe ved Spodsbjerg Fyr ligger Knud Rasmussens Hus

Oppe i bakkerne, oppe ved Spodsbjerg Fyr ligger Knud Rasmussens Hus

I kan læse Knud Rasmussens imponerende CV her: Knud Rasmussen Selskabet