Ivar is an elderly man with a strong upper body and white hair. He is deeply religious and loves animals, but his unconventional ways frighten most people. Alexandra recognizes that Ivar knows how to care for animals and livestock, and she takes him in after he loses his land to mismanagement.
The timeline below shows where the character Crazy Ivar appears in O Pioneers!. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 3
...married a foreigner, and none of their children understand Swedish. Lou says that he described Ivar’s symptoms to a doctor in Hanover while he was there, and the doctor believed Ivar... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
...ducks. When Emil manages to shoot a few, however, Marie’s face crumples. She says that Ivar’s right about wild things—that they’re too happy to kill. Emil assents and apologizes that he... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 5, Chapter 1
...Alexandra is acting—she needs reminding about when to eat and when to go to bed. Ivar reassures Signa that Alexandra will eventually find peace. Until then, he and Signa will bear... (full context)