Roald Dalh

Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990)

He had a destiny from birth to become a legendary writer, writing his own life stories.   Without a pen or paper he had written one of the most renowned stories of all time, a story which was experienced and lived by one man.   Born on 13th September, 1916, the life of, Roald Dahl, a Welsh novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian commences here.

Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene was Dahl, named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Both parents were immigrants from Norway living in England. Harald Dahl migrated to England at the turn of the 19th century (1900). Not long after the death of his first wife, he returned back to Norway hopping to find a wife to support his young son and daughter. There he meets Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg in 1911, was a major influence on his books such as ‘Witches’. Together they moved to a home located at Llandaff where they raised 5 children, one been Roald and 5 others named: Astri, Alfhild, Roald, Else and Asta.

Unfortunately Astri the eldest, died from appendicitis in 1920. A few months later, Harald Dahl quickly deteriorated after this daughter’s dead and died himself from pneumonia. Pregnant with Asta, Sofie Dahl was left with three of her own children, two step children, and a large estate and Harald Dahl’s wish that his children would be educated in an English school.

Unable to move to England Sofie moved into a smaller home and educated the five at Elmtree, a local school. At the age of seven it was decided Roald required proper education, sending him to a nearby Llandaff Cathedral School. At the Age of eight, he and four of his friends earned themselves a savage canning by the headmaster by placing a dead mouse in a jar of sweets at a local shop, this prank is now know as the “The Great Mouse Plot” found in the book ‘Boy’, published based on this school life at the age of eight till thirteen.

After two years, Sofie...