It still lived on, however, in the lower strata of Christian society; and in certain undercurrents of tradition it was transmitted from century to .century.
All the waters which enter the Skagerrak or Kattegat as undercurrents can be found at the surface of the North Sea.
But such undercurrents still existed among the people and gathered new forces ready to manifest themselves just as strangely, unexpectedly, and at the same time simply, naturally, and forcibly.
Now in 1812, to anyone living in close touch with these people it was apparent that these undercurrents were acting strongly and nearing an eruption.
He belongs distinctly to the romantic school; his forte is vivid and picturesque description, the lively presentation of scenes and actions, characters and states of society, not the subtle analysis of motives, the power of detecting the undercurrents or the generalizing faculty.