Janez Trdina

Janez Trdina (29 May 1830 – 14 July 1905) was a Slovene writer and historian. The renowned author Ivan Cankar described him as the best Slovene stylist of his period.[1] He was an ardent describer of the Gorjanci Ridge and of the Lower Carniolan region of Slovenia. Trdina Peak (Slovene: Trdinov vrh, Croatian: Sveta Gera), the highest peak of Gorjanci Ridge, situated on the border between southeastern Slovenia and Croatia, was named for him in 1923.

Janez Trdina
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Born(1830-05-29)29 May 1830
Mengeš, Austrian Empire (now Slovenia)
Died14 July 1905(1905-07-14) (aged 75)
Novo Mesto, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia)
Notable worksTales and Legends of the Gorjanci Hills (1882)


Trdina was born in Mengeš in the northern Carniola, then part of the Austrian Empire.[2] He attended school in Ljubljana and studied history, geography, and Slavic philology in Vienna. He worked as a teacher in Croatia, in Varaždin and in Rijeka.[2] In 1867, he was retired on charges of misleading students with his radical liberal political views. He moved to Bršljin near Novo Mesto, and later to the town itself.[3]


Trdina travelled widely across the Lower Carniola, compiling notes on the life and customs of local people. His notebooks were filled with folk sayings, folk tales, anecdotes, and customs. Trdina edited them in an emphasized realistic, even naturalistic manner, rejecting the Romantic vision of an idyllic countryside. In 1882, he published these notes in a volume titled Bajke in povesti o Gorjancih (Tales and Stories of the Gorjanci Hills).[4]


  1. ^ "Janez Trdina". City Municipality of Novo Mesto. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b Stanko Janež (1971). Živan Milisavac (ed.). Jugoslovenski književni leksikon [Yugoslav Literary Lexicon]. Novi Sad (SAP Vojvodina, SR Serbia: Matica srpska. p. 541.
  3. ^ Helga Glušič, Sto Slovenskih Pripovednikov (Ljubljana: Prešernova družba, 1996) ISBN 961-6186-21-3
  4. ^ Slovene Post Office site on the occasion of issuing a stamp of Trdina in 2005

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