Elias Blix was born in Gildeskaal, the neighbor municipality of Beiarn. He was educated theologian and was professor at Det Kongelige Fredriks University in Oslo. He also was Minister of Church in the Norwegian Government in the 1880’s.

Barndomsminne fraa Nordland was written in 1896, and has become a National Hymn for North Norway.

The English text is by Finn Tömmerberg: