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Subfarms: Bamserud, Bondlismoen, Brurud, Dølstuen, Furustølen, Hanserud, Haug, Humleøyhaugen, Liahaugen, Lofthus, Lundby, Lundebakken, Lundejordet, Lundstein,Lybekk, Nedre Lien, Nermoen, Rom, Ruse, Rustebakken, Sjuruddokken, Stutlien, Viken, Øvre Lien, Øylien, Øystuen,

Seter (mountainfarm): Stuvelien, in the northern part of the valley, north of northern Hestekind

The name Lunde comes from the old Norwegian word lundr, which means "a little forest".

Frøholm suggests that the farm was inhabited as early as the Viking Age. Like the other farms Lunde was abandoned during the Black Death and nobody paid taxes on it until 1640.

Lunde farm was one of the biggest and most attractive farms in Etnedal, located by the Etna river in the southern part of the valley, next to Land. The first farms you see when entering Etnedal from that direction, and by that the region of Valdres, is the Lunde and Madslangrud farms. The flat river delta in this area is probably the most productive farmland in the valley. In addition the forest land in the hills is also productive.

Lunde has at times been one of the richest farms in Etnedal. Its history tells about owners that have been very active in buying other farms, like Humleåker, Hovde, part of Kringli, Madslangrud, Finnstuen, Solberg nordre, Hestekind søndre and nedre Haug in Etnedal, Skjærstein in Sør Aurdal, Felde, Endrerud, Jensvoll, and Vinjar in Nordre Land.

Most active in buying land was Ole Andersson 1771, he was called Storlunnin (the big Lundeman). He was big in trading timber with Peder Anker in Oslo, who sold timber products to England and Holland. Mr. Anker bought a lot of timber on root in the southern part of Etnedal in this time period, and most of the timberland was cleaned out. Peder Anker was a powerful man and was also one of the Constitution founders in 1814 at Eidsvold. Storlunnin was not able to hold on to all his property and had to sell out.

In this time the main farm was also divided into two units, søndre and nordre Lunde. Nordre Lunde was sold on an auction, and nordre Lunde was sold to Ole Broner in 1829, but he sold it back to Ole Olsson in 1807 who was the son of Ole Andersson. Today's owner Ola Lunde, 1952, is a direct descendant of Arne Olsson Lunde, born 1604. Arne Olsson Lunde, 1604, was born at Felde farm in Torpa Nordre Land. He was the first inhabitant of Lunde after the Black Death and he was farming Lunde as early as 1647.

Anders Olsson Lunde, 1794, son of Storlunnin, who took over the farm in 1821, had a different philosophy than the agricultural society he grew up with. He went to Kristiania/Oslo and was educated in language and music. When he came home he was more interested in reading and writing than farming. He became a cultural nobility and had scientists and musicians visiting Etnedal. This activity took a lot of his time and attention and the farmwork was suffering. It was at this time they had to sell out parts of the farm. However, it was a rich time period, culturally for the farm and for the valley. We can see sign of that even today.

At one time Lunde had 20 subfarms, a sawmill was established in the area, which was an important industry, giving many people work. A shop and a post office were established as well.


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