Sverd i Fjell (Swords in Stone), Hafrsfjord

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Commemorating Harald Fairhead's unification of Norway

The Sverd i Fjell monument at Møllebukta on the southern shores of Hafrsfjord comprises three enormous bronze swords erected in solid rock. This commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 when Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhead) united Norway into one kingdom.

The 10 metre high swords stand for peace unity and freedom, and the hilts modelled on.Viking swords found in different parts of Norway. The largest sword, in the centre, is based on Harald's sword.

The installation was designed by local artist Fritz Røed (1928-2002) from Byrne, just south of Stavanger, and was unveiled by King Olav in 1983.

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