Viking Swords at Stavanger Swords Monument, Norway

This 10-metre-tall monument consists (predictably enough) of three swords planted in the rocky ground of a hill by the Hafrsfjord. The monument commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord, which took place in 872 and reunited the whole of Norway under the crown of King Harald. Read more
History of the battle of Hafrsfjord 
The battle of Hafrsfjord has been described in the Saga of Harald Fairhair in Snorre Sturlason’s Heimskringla (the best known of the Old Norse kings’ sagas), and it is considered to be the most important battle that contributed to the gathering of West Norway and Norway into one country. Back then, Norway was run by several kings, and the battle was between Harald Fairhair and these other kings. The dating of the battle to 872 is not confirmed, and could just as easily have happened in the 880s. In Hafrsfjord, divers have long searched for possible remains from the battle, however nothing has been found so far. There are still strong indications that the battle took place in Hafrsfjord.
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. Harald was in love with Gyda, the daughter of a king, and when he sent her men for her, she refused to come with them, because she did not find him sufficiently powerful. If he managed to be the sovereign of entire Norway, she would have him. According to the saga, Harald Fairhair rose to the challenge, and he promised not to cut his hair before he had accomplished to unite Norway into one kingdom. The rest, is as they say – history.  Read more
Viking Swords at Stavanger Sword Monument, Stavanger, Norway

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