And this is Sjkolden, where Ludwig Wittgenstein pitched up in 1913 to write some of what would become the Tractatus
Ludwig Wittgenstein arrived in Skjolden in Norway in October 1913 with the intention of solving the “question that is fundamental to the whole of logic”
He travelled from Bergen by boat along the Sognefjord, a journey of some 30 hours
He initially lodged with the Klingenberg family in this house. His room was on the first floor on the left.
GE Moore visited him there in March and April of 1914. Here W marks the Klingenberg house on a postcard. Moore reported that W did most of the talking for the two weeks he was there.
Bertrand Russell warned W that he’d go mad with loneliness. But W made friends in Skjolden including with Halvard Draegni, who oversaw construction of a house for the philosopher on a mountain ledge overlooking a lake 3 km from Skjolden
“I can’t imagine working like this anywhere but here,” W would write to Moore. He adored the “silent seriousness” of the landscape
The house was finished in the autumn of 1914. You can see it halfway up the mountainside to the left of this photograph
W would return to the house in the early Twenties, once in 1931 and again for an longer period in 1936, when he was working on what would become the Philosophical Investigations.
The house was dismantled and moved after W’s death. This summer the reconstruction of the house in the original was completed