Olaf – The holy viking

Bente Haarstad Photography

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Olsok, the eve of St. Olaf’s Day, is the Norwegian name for 29 July. This is traditionally the date of the death of King Olaf II Haraldsson in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Olaf was canonised and is one of very few Norwegian saints, remembered as the Eternal King of Norway. Every year since 1954 there have been an outdoor play at the site were the king was killed. The holy king Christianized Norway. His death was the breakthrough for both the state and the church in Norway. One thousand years ago. Some of this story is disputed, but it is still fascinating, also the play.

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The actor Henrik Mestad as King Olaf II (Olav den hellige).

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The play is showing this dramatic history, and transition from the pagan agrarian society in the Viking Age. Our state, church and the monarchy has its roots in Stiklestad, north of…

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