Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Viking swords in Stavanger

The Viking swords - Sverd i Fjell - experience a special feeling with a fine touch of history, adventure and local Norwegian culture and pay a visit to Stavanger Swords Monument.

The Viking swords in Stavanger - Sverd i Fjell
Photo source: vilagutazo.blog

The Three Viking Swords' (the 3 bronze swords) monument, located near Stavanger – with one tall sword and 2 smaller, has 10 meters tall and the swords are planted into the rock of a small hill next to the fjord - was created by sculptor Friz Røed (1928-2002) and unveiled by king Olav in 1983.

The monument has a double meaning:

1. Was built to commemorate over 1000 years since king Harald Hårfagre won the battle of Hafrsfjord in the year 872, and start building Norway as a new state uniting citizens into a new kingdom.

2. Symbolizes peace, unity and freedom - the swords are planted into solid rock and they may never be removed.
The largest sword represents the victorious king Harald, and the other two swords, smaller, are representing the defeated kings.