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I came to notice that this is my #700th post at TE and had the idea to use a photo from the same day and place as my first post; A little valley, Hedalen, along E16 north of Oslo.

My first post in sep 2003 was a detail from the house used by the local priest (..and my first critic to recieve was from my friend DIDI (Said) whom I later on have met two times for small photosessions down in South of France).

Also later in the year I used another photo displaying the whole building.

Today I present the old Hedalen Stave Church of the place - one of the smaller ones, but with an interesting history/legend:

There is a legend about the church; during the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century Hedalen was depopulated, and the valley became a wilderness. A hunter one day shot an arrow after a bird, but instead of hitting his prey, it missed and struck the bell. Then, there he found the church, standing in the middle of the dense forest.

As the hunter believed this must be a church for huldra or other supernatural beings, he took his flint and steel and threw it over the church. This was something believed to seize property from huldra, and so he wanted to prevent the church from disappearing. On the place where the steel fell, a farm was later built which still has the name Ildjarnstad (Firesteel).

In the church the hunter shot a bear which had made its lair by the altar. The skin from this bear still hangs on the wall of the sacristy.

Truth or tale? In a neighbouring valley, Vassfaret, there is a small national park, and this national park is made specifically as a breeding ground for bears, although in recent years the bears prefer to do business in other landscapes.

Ref. wikipedia


Added material: The interior of the Stave Church

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