Nils Ferlin

Poet Nils Ferlin
Nils Ferlin (1898-1961) lives on in Filipstad. The Ferlin statue is one of Sweden´s most photographed statues, and the Ferlin Museum portrays his life and poetry.

Nils Ferlin (1898-1961) lives on in Filipstad. The Ferlin statue is one of Sweden´s most photographed statues, and the Ferlin Museum portrays his life and poetry.

Nils Johan Einar Ferlin was born in Karlstad on 11 December 1898. His poetry debut came in 1930 with En döddansares visor(songs of a death dancer). Many other poems and other works soon followed. Composers frequently set Nils Ferlin´s poems to music- including gunnar turesson, Josef Briné, Lillebror söderlundh and Tor Bergner, right up to the modern-day Rolf Wikström.

When Ferlin was 10 years old, his family moved to Filipstad and the Bergmästargården manor near the church. His father died the following year, leaving the family to live in poverty. For most of Nils childhood, the family lived in a house near the square where livestock was bought and sold at the Oxhälja autumn market. Ferlin arranged his own little circus, Tigerbrand, in the courtyard shed and in the nearby curate house shed.

He completed secondary school with top marks in gym. Sports and tests of strength were Ferlin´s passion for many years; in the Filipstad football team, he was dreaded inside right. After the Ferlin family moved to Stockholm, Nils returned to Filipstad for long periods. He not only played football, but also performed in variety shows, where he debuted in 1918. He called himself “variety artist Fabian”, and gathered all of his songs from the shows in a few booklets. Ferlin also published magazines, which were named after various holidays; Chrismas Holiday, Easter Holiday and Ox weekend.

For a while Ferlin was an actor, and he also wrote song lyrics. In Stockholm, Nils Ferlin was one of the leading names in the bohemian quarter, but in the final years of his life he lived in the quiet roslagen archipelago nothe of the capital city. The beloved poet left this world on 21 October 1961, but his memory lives on through his poems. In 1975, Nils Ferlin “returned” to the city of his childhood, Filipstad, when his statue took its place on the famous bench alongside the River Skillerälven.

 

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