Hilmar Hartvig is a friend of Severin Kjartan Solvang Sylte. It would be nice to be able to say that he was one of Severin Kjartan’s friends, but he is not, he is his only friend. Hilmar Hartvig is a composer and equally unsuccessful in his field as Severin Kjartan is in his. Hilmar belong to the modern classics and prefer things like electric hedge trimmers, four-stroke outboard motors and pneumatic drills rather than more conventional instruments. But he loves children’s choirs, all his compositions however outrageous they may be contain at least one movement featuring a children’s choir.
As Severin Kjartan, Hilmar Hartvig find solace in a glass of port wine now and then as he would put it. The truth is that there are more than a glass and not particularly rare either. Laura serves them happily from her extensive port wine stock as long as they pay cash. No credit is given at Moxie’s. Such as it is one can find the two Caroline Synnøve likes to call the café’s artistic alibi sleeping together at a table at Moxie’s. Here they dream sweetly of an artistic success that none of them will ever see.
Just like Severin Kjartan, Hilmar Hartvig is blessed with a wealthy old mother who is as steadfast in her belief in her son’s artistic talent and imminent fame as Severin Kjartan’s is in his success. Hilmar Hartvig live with her mother in an old wooden villa with a tower and in the tower Hilmar Hartvig composes his remarkable compositions, unless he finds consolation for the lack of success with Severin Kjartan at one of Moxie’s tables.