Steinvikholmen castle ruins.

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This is the ruins of Steinvikholm castle. Constructed 1524 - 1532. It may have looked like this during the siege by Danish troops in 1537. The castle was erected by arch bishop Olav Engelbrektsson. Back then Norway was in an union with Denmark and Olav was the chairman of "Riksrådet", the official governmental body ruling Norway on the behalf of the Danish king. He was in opposition of the union and wanted independence from Denmark, which was the stronger part in this relationship. The Danish church was undergoing the reformation at this time, but Olav wanted Norway to remain Catholic. Exactly why Olav had this castle built is unknown but in 1537 it was Norway's last stand against total domination of Denmark. Although being very strong, cleverly built and modern for it's time, the defenders gave up their resistance after a short skirmish. Olav had already given up his resistance and had fled to The Netherlands where he died. The castle were in use a couple of decades before it was left to ruin. If you master Norwegian, a more detailed background story can be read here. (.pdf file!).

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Comments (9)

Csaby83(Weatherman) on July 19, 2012

Full Shot! It's really nice photo! Good colours and Brightness! Beautiful composition! Greetings from Hungary: Csaby83.

RoarX on July 19, 2012

Thanks a lot Csaby83 for your visit and nice comment!!

Amelia Royan on July 20, 2012

What a beautiful area Roar. Nice wide angle and excellent clarity. I don't associate Norway with castles, although I have seen the one in Oslo. Was it a defence position? If so who was the defender, and who were the possible attackers?

Hilsen, Amelia

RoarX on July 20, 2012

Amelia, I have now added some information. :)

Amelia Royan on July 20, 2012

Thank you for that Roar. It took many years for Norway to gain her independence in 1814.

I have recently visited the homes of Arne Garborg. His writing for me is largely unintelligible. Apparently it is a form of Nynorsk largely based on Danish. Is this correct?

RoarX on July 20, 2012

Not quite, Arne Garborg wrote in something called "Landsmål", an early and conservative version of Nynorsk. Nynorsk is based on several dialects in Norway, but mostly western Norwegian dialects. Bokmål Norwegian is basically Norwegianized Danish (just like the dialects of Oslo and surrounding areas). My own dialect (Nordømørsdialekt, a form of Trønderdialekt (central Norway) with some western Norwegian words)has many similarities with Nynorsk although I write in Bokmål. The independence in 1814 was a bit half baked, the real one came in 1905.

Amelia Royan on July 20, 2012

I think I know some 'Landsmål' Roar. For example Potatoes (poteter) are called jordepler in parts of Rogaland. I will never be proficient in Norwegian!

RoarX on July 31, 2012

Jordperler? Never heard of, must be a local dialect thing. Thanks for info!

Amelia Royan on August 1, 2012

It seems to be only the folks in south Jæren that call them earth apples. ;)

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  • Uploaded on July 10, 2012
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    by RoarX
    • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    • Taken on 2012/07/07 17:12:19
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • ISO Speed: ISO100