Munch, Andreas Peder
Andreas Peder Munch (ändrā´äs pā´dər mōōngk), 1810–63, Norwegian historian and philologist. A principal figure in the Norwegian literary revival, he contributed an authoritative history of the Norwegian people, Det norske folks historie (8 vol., 1852–63). He maintained that the Eddas and sagas of Old Norse literature belonged to a purely Norwegian-Icelandic literature and not, as was generally supposed, to a common Scandinavian tradition. This view was later generally accepted.