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Southern Norway Sights

Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock)

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Updated 10/24/2012

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The site where Norway was founded has been memorialized by the Sverd i fjell. The three huge bronze swords were unveiled by King Olav in 1983 and done by artist Fritz Røed. The memorial is dedicated to King Harald Hårfagre (Harald the Fairhaired), who through an 872 battle at Hafrsfjord managed to unite Norway into one kingdom. The Viking swords' sheaths were modeled on ones found throughout the country; the crowns atop the swords represent the different Norwegian districts that took part in the battle.

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Møllebukta, Hafrsfjord, Stavanger, Norway

Updated 10/24/2012


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