Swords in the Rock

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Comments (19)

Amelia Royan on December 10, 2008

Everybody geos to see this in Stavanger. They come by the coachload, get out, point and click then go again. They don't look around at all! Three enormous bronze swords stand monument to the battle of Hafrsfjord in the year 872, when Harald Hårfagre (Fairheaded Harald) united Norway into one kingdom. The monument was designed by Fritz Røed (1928 - 2002) from Bryne, just south of Stavanger. It was unveiled by Norway's King Olav in 1983.

The swords, which are about 10 meters tall, stand for peace and unification. One sword is larger than the others. This was Fairheded Harald's sword. The swords are planted in solid rock - representing peace.

Eduardo Augusto Cast… on January 20, 2009

Hermosa galeria AMELIA,congratulations,greeting from Buenos Aires.

Amelia Royan on January 25, 2009

Thank you for your visit and great comment Eduardo.

Greetings to Buenos Aires from Norway, Amelia

millotaurus1 on February 25, 2009

very impressive view...

Ómar Smári Kristinss… on February 28, 2009

Sword as a symbol of peace? Well, placed in a rock, it is not of much use (besides being too heavy to kill someone with it). But I agree with millotaurus.

Amelia Royan on March 13, 2009

Hello Millotaurus, this photo is really of an area that is "done to death" if you understand what I mean. If anyone arrives in Stavanger on a tour party they are taken there and they stand by the swords and someone clicks the shutter. They arrive in coach loads. But I'm glad you like the view, I tried to get the swords from a more unusual angle ;-)

Greetings, Amelia

Amelia Royan on March 13, 2009

Ómar, it was a dark and rainy day, I'd just finished shopping, I didn't know my way around here, so I used a GPS to find this. It is quite impressive nonetheless. But I think it is the one and only "look around" photos in the whole of my gallery. I prefer to find the places where people don't go.

I agree, the swords, at 10 metres tall and stuck in a rock as well, are not much good for fighting with. So peace be with you :)

Greetings, Amelia

helio antunes on October 14, 2009

Olá Amelia,foi um prazer viajar por toda sua galeria,realmente encantadora,parabéns mesmo,gostei de coração!Abraço do Brasil...Hélio Antunes.

ch. bebessi on November 17, 2009

Peace and understanding. I greet You with this great symbol of these. ch.

Amelia Royan on November 21, 2009

Obrigado Hélio Antunes, estou tão satisfeito que tenha gostado da viagem. Está muito bem-vindo aqui :)))

Saudações para o Brasil da Noruega, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 21, 2009

Thank you Charles. Yes, this is a symbol of peace. Even though it is of swords, they are stuck fast in the rock :))

This is one of the first photos I took with my, then new, digital camera. I hardly dared to post it on Panoramio :))

Warm wishes, Amelia

Chinappi on January 31, 2011

I have read your comment (in Nick Weall gallery) and I understand.

Kind regards

Amelia Royan on January 31, 2011

Merci beaucoup pour cette réponse, Chinappi. Je suis vraiment ravi de lire vos commentaires.

Amitiés, Amelia

Maja Weidemueller on February 3, 2011

This is so very nordic Amelia, love it. All swords should be buried like these....

Warm regards, Maja

Michał Kozłowski on April 11, 2011

Przejrzałem z zachwytem całą Twoją galerię. Jest wspaniała - gratulacje.

Pozdrawiam z Finlandii i Polski Michał.

Michał Kozłowski on April 11, 2011

Przejrzałem z zachwytem cała Twoja galerię. Jest wspaniała - gratulacje !!! Pozdrowienia z Finlandii i Polski Michał.

Clive on Beara on July 23, 2011

Waking up and discovering the scale of the events that took place at Utøya yesterday makes this a very sad day, Amelia. My thoughts are with the Norwegian people at this awful time. C

Amelia Royan on July 23, 2011

Yes, I have just caught up with the news this morning Clive. We always think that the Norwegians are such a polite and law abiding people, and of course they are; so this terrible incident has come as a shock!

Many thanks also go to Dear Maja and Michael. I am so sorry that I have kept you waiting for a reply. Your message is very timely dear Maja.

Greetings, Amelia

Willem Bentink on August 18, 2012

En vakker serie med bilder, er Norge vakkert. hilsen Willem

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 5, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Amelia Royan
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W90
    • Taken on 2007/10/31 15:04:28
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash