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 metres (33 ft) 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.
May 22, 2018
Viking market and festival! It is loads of fun for kids and adults too. The area is very popular and as soon as the sun shines, it will be quite full. Take a walk towards the right side, around the bay, it quickly gets quieter
June 15, 2018
Here at the Hafrsfjord is the Sverd i fjell (Swords in the Rock). History tells that Harald Schönhaar united Norway here in 872 in one kingdom. If the tradition is correct, Harald got l. the surname Schönhaar, because he only had his hair and beard cut again after defeating the other rulers.
The monument consists of three swords stuck in the ground, which stand for peace, unity and freedom. The handles of the Viking swords are based on sword finds from different parts of Norway. The memorial was designed by Fritz Røed (1928-2002) and inaugurated by King Olav in 1983. Source: visitnorway.de
March 6, 2020
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