Kings

I 998 kom Odin til Avaldsnes og fortale Olav Tryggvason om kong Augvald og andre konger som hadde levd på Avaldsnes.. (Foto Gunnar strøm)

In 998 Odin came to Avaldsnes and told king Olav Tryggvason about king Augvald and other kings that had lived at Avaldsnes before his time. (Photo Gunnar strøm)

THE KINGS AT AVALDSNES
For 3000 years Avaldsnes was inhabited by chieftains and kings who controlled the shipping traffic along the Norwegian coast. Common to these rulers was that they had close contact with other people and other countries. This international contact gave them cultural impulses, new ideas, knowledge, allies and great wealth.

KINGS WITH SHIPS, GOLDEN RINGS AND HORSES
Many of these chieftains and kings are known to us through archaeology. They have left behind great burial mounds, standing stones and rich finds. Then we must interpret findings, burial methods and traces of settlement etc. to form a picture of who they were and how they lived their lives.

NAMED KINGS FROM THE WORLD OF HISTORY AND MYTHS
Some of these kings have also left behind a treasure of histories and tales in old sagas and ancient poems. Many of these stories, which were orally handed down from generation to generation, have disappeared over the centuries. Sometimes we only see glimpses of them in isolated old verses.

Other times we find stories in old chronicles and the Sagas of The Norwegian kings, which are known to most people. But also the almost forgotten Heroic Sagas tell the story of named Avaldsnes kings in strong political environments as early as in the 7th Century.

Thus; some are historical kings, known to us from many sources. Others are semi-mythical kings that exist at the intersection of magic and reality.

It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish what is real and what is myth. Perhaps it is also not so important, as long as the magical world of kings with divine forefathers, semi heavenly female warriors, Norse gods, elves and speaking dragons were real for those who lived their lives hundreds of years before our time.

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