Sverd i fjell

Sverd i fjell

Sverd i fjell is a commemorative monument located in the Hafrsfjord neighborhood of Madla, a borough of the city of Stavanger in Rogaland, Norway.

The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne and was unveiled by King Olav V of Norway in 1983. The three bronze swords stand 10 meters tall and are planted into the rock of a small hill next to the fjord.

They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord which by tradition took place there in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The largest sword represents the victorious Harald, and the two smaller swords represent the defeated petty kings.

The monument also represents peace, since the swords are planted into solid rock, so they may never be removed.

Facts About Sverd i fjell

  • The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne and was unveiled by King Olav V of Norway in 1983.
  • The love saga of Gyda and Harald Fairhair – according to the legend, as retold in the saga of Harald Fairhair, the reason he had for gathering Norway into one kingdom was allegedly that he desired to wed Gyda Eiriksdatter.
  • They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord which by tradition took place there in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown.

Sverd i fjell Featured In

  • Sverd i fjell was featured as the symbol of Norway in Duolingo’s Norwegian language programme.
  • Sverd i fjell was featured in its name to the closing track on the ‘Leaves’ Eyes’ album ‘King of Kings’.
  • German painter Werner Büttner’s 2012 painting Kriegergroupies.

How To Get To Sverd i fjell

You can get to by catching the Line 16 Bus from Stavanger to Madlaleiren and then 5 minute Walk from Madlaleiren to Sverd I fjel, the total journey will take around 15 minutes.

You can also get the Line 6 Bus from Stavanger to Madlamark Kirke and then Walk 11 minutes from Madlamark Kirke to Sverd I fjell, the total journey will take around 21 minutes.

Taxi from Stavanger to Sverd I fjell will take around 7 minutes and cost anything between £11 to £15.

Walk from Stavanger to Sverd i fjell will take around 1 hour and minutes 15, its a 3.4-mile walk

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