|"Telemark in Norway is the soft, the docile,
the changing, the home of your dreams, the home of the wood nymph; the
home of folk songs, folk music, home to the most beautiful dialects in
the country, the only language for a living culture of written
tradition, language and culture through the long and difficult times".
Telemark is a fylke, or county, in southeastern
Norway. It extends from the Hardangervidda to the Skagerrak coast. The
fylker of Vestfold, Buskerud, Hordaland, Rogaland and
Aust-Agder are its neighbors. The terrain of the county is rugged, with
many steep mountains and sheltered valleys. Its administrative
headquarters is in the port of Skien.