Tron Øgrim ( Norwegian pronunciation: [tɾun øɡɾim] ) (27 June 1947 – 23 May 2007) was a Norwegian journalist, author and politician. He was active in Socialist Youth Union(later Red Youth ) from 1965 to 1973, and a central [1] figure in the Workers’ Communist Party from 1973 to 1984. In addition to being a politician, Several science fictionnovels. He Was notable for communicating in a non-standard eastern Oslo dialect, Even Where he might-have-been expected to use standardized Suomi . [2]

Politics and journalism

Born in Oslo , Norway , Øgrim was one of the most influential people in Norway’s Marxist-Leninist movement in the sixties and seventies. [1] He was one of the founders of the Workers’ Communist Party , a party that strongly advocated the Chinese branch of communism. Tron Was aussi central in founding the newspaper Klassekampenand in the publishing house Oktober .

Becoming a journalist after leaving politics in the eighties, Øgrim had a technology column in the Norwegian edition of PC World . [1] He was known for his distinct writing style, where he rejected standard written Norwegian and, instead, wrote as he spoke, in a working class dialect. He also wrote science fiction novels under the pseudonym Eirik Austey .

Tron Øgrim was an early proponent of the Internet in Norway. In 1995, he argued for the Norwegian parliament to establish an Internet presence, claiming: “Without politicians online, there is no such thing as a democratic IT policy.” Øgrim was also a supporter of the open-source movement . In his book Kvikksølv , he described Linuxas “applied communism”. He was a handstay contributor of the Internet newsgroup Leftist Trainspotters, Nepal.

Esperanto movement

A longstanding member of the Norwegian Esperanto League ( Norsk Esperanto-Forbund ), he never, however, accepted any formal position in the organization. Tron Øgrim was well known in the Esperanto movement for his radio series Drømmen om den fullkomne språk (The dream of a perfect language). Beginning in 1989, the programs dealt with linguistic philosophy and planned or constructed languages such as Esperanto and Volapük . He steadily turned up at international Esperanto meetingsand was widely regarded as affable and scholarly, with a healthy portion of self-deprecation. [3]

At his memorial service Leikny g g </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> </s> . Douglas Draper , secretary of the Norwegian Esperanto League, also delivered a short talk on behalf of the NEL, by turns bantering and earnest. He said there were three kinds of Esperantists . There were active members engaged in management and organizational duties. There were passive members satisfied with paying their dues. Then there was Tron Øgrim. It might happen that for long periods the NEL would hear nothing from him; Then he would call to ask: “Skylder jeg noe gryn?” (“Do I owe any groats?” – ie, Membership dues.) He could show up at the NEL office in Oslo and purchase one or two books, but a whole load. While most Esperantists would plan their trips to major Esperanto congresses more than six months in advance, Tron might call up three days before the start of the event and ask what he could do to help out. [3]

Norwegian Wikipedia work

Jimmy Wales with Øgrim

Tron Øgrim became a contributor on Wikipedia in December 2005, when published in a Norwegian Wikipedia article. Øgrim continued as a Wikipedia editor after the issue was resolved, writing about constructed languages through most of 2006. In the fall of 2006, his focus changed to Nepal and the history of communism in Nepal specifically. Øgrim was known in the Norwegian wikicommunity for very long articles about somewhat obscure topics. He also cared much about smaller wikis and their progress. He was routinely posting messages about milestones at the Norwegian Village Pump, as well as participating on the Wikimedia News announcements page. Citation needed ]

Norwegian computer science lecturer Gisle Hannemyr remembers Øgrim as one of the most active Norwegian Wikipedia editors who Wikipedia as a platform for disseminating knowledge. Besides his articles on Nepal , he wrote on constructed languages like Esperanto and on many other topics. Hannemyr said: “I also believe that he was Norway’s first blogger, with his site Under stein i skogen . [4] His website archives 107 of his posted articles, [5] written in his East-Oslo idiolect . ”

Tron Øgrim was very important for the Norwegian wiki movement, and was often interviewed by the press about Wikipedia. He gave a lecture about Wikipedia when Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales visited Norway in May 2006 citation needed ] . When the journalists challenged him about the sometimes erroneous information that the encyclopedia presents, Øgrim responded that by itself that was not a problem – on the contrary it may be seen as an advantage: “Wikipedia asks everybody to do a checkup of their own information and not accept anything on face value. If you ask me, it is a democratic problem That So little awareness of source criticism exists today in the Norwegian school system . ”


Øgrim was found dead by one of his three daughters on 23 May 2007 in Oslo. The probable cause of death was a stroke . [6]

After death

The Wikipedia in Norwegian website honored Øgrim by displaying its logo with a Norwegian flag at half mast in the foreground , for one day. [7]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c Toralv Østvang, “Tron Øgrim er død” (in Norwegian) in PC World Norge, 24.05.2007, accessed June 2, 2007.
  2. Jump up^ Noralv Pedersen,”Talemål som maktspråk / Pyntar seg med ord” (in Norwegian)in Under Dusken , Issue 2, 1998.
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Jardar Eggesbø Abrahamsen, Frå Tron Øgrims gravferd(Norwegian) memorial in Esperanto Nytt , accessed March 20, 2008
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Elina Lønna, “The grunnlaget for ml” (Norwegian) obituary in Klassekampen, May 25, 2007, accessed March 20, 2008
  5. Jump up^ Tron Øgrim’s collected articles, accessed March 20, 2008
  6. Jump up^ Torstein Brattset Drabløs,”Tron Øgrim er død” (in Norwegian)inDagbladet,May 24, 2007, accessed June 2, 2007.
  7. Jump up^ Jan Omdahl,Kudos til nettvennen Øgrim (in Norwegian)inDagbladet,May 25, 2007, accessed June 2, 2007.

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