he present tome is the first of a three-volume work dedicated to exploring the profound influence of G.W.F. Hegel's philosophical thinking in Golden Age Denmark. This initial volume covers the period from the beginning of the Hegel reception in the Danish Kingdom from the turn of the century until 1836. While Kierkegaard's polemic with the Danish Hegelians is a well-known part of his philosophical agenda, the actual texts and ideas of these thinkers have received little attention in their own right. The present work demonstrates that this largely overlooked tradition of Hegel reception played a profound and indeed constitutive role in many aspects of Golden Age culture: philosophy, theoloy, literature, poetry, law, journalism, and the arts. Moreover, it brought into its orbit most of the main figures from the period.