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TRONDHEIM - THE VIKING CAPITAL OF NORWAY

TRONDHEIM CITY WAS A SETTLEMENT IN 899AD AND FOUNDED AS A CITY BY VIKING KING OLAF TRYGGVASON IN 997AD.

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Olaf was a Viking chief and led many loot, rape and plunder raids to neighbouring countries until he was converted to Christianity about 995 while on a raid to Ireland. He returned to Norway and defeated the then king Haakon who hid with a servant Kark under a pig sty while being pursued by Olafs men.

Olafs men came up to the farm but could not find them. Olaf called his men together and announced a great reward to the man who delivered Haakon to him dead or alive. During the night Haakon fell asleep and Kark cut off his head. Kark delivered the head to Olaf and for his effort was beheaded too.

Olaf returned to Trondheim and was hailed as King. He converted the city to Christianity and had a rather novel method of persuading people to convert. If you did not, you could be be-headed or, chained to a "skerry" (a rock that is covered by water at high tide) at low tide. If you were still alive at the next low tide you were excused. Another method was to tie a non believer spreadeagled on the ground and put a brazier of hot coals on his stomach.

Trohdheim was converted very quickly. Olaf Tryggvason is the Patron Saint of Norway and Oslo also. (look up Olaf Tryggvason on Google).

Norma and spent quite a few pleasant though sometimes rainy hours being shown around Trondheim by Katrina Listau who stayed with us at Little Bay for a while.

THE PRESENT KING OF NORWAY'S RESIDENCE IN TRONDHEIM

THE PRESENT KING OF NORWAY'S RESIDENCE IN TRONDHEIM

NORMA AND ME AT THE KINGS STEPS

NORMA AND ME AT THE KINGS STEPS

THE HAPPINESS BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER NIDELVA

THE HAPPINESS BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER NIDELVA

PREVIOUS WAREHOUSES IN THE OLD TOWN

PREVIOUS WAREHOUSES IN THE OLD TOWN

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS IN THE OLD TOWN

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS IN THE OLD TOWN

SAME AS OSLO - shallow rainwater drains across the footpath

SAME AS OSLO - shallow rainwater drains across the footpath

MORE OLD BUILDINGS FRONTING THE CANALS JOINING THE RIVER.

MORE OLD BUILDINGS FRONTING THE CANALS JOINING THE RIVER.

SOME ARE STILL DERELICT

SOME ARE STILL DERELICT

TYPICAL BUILDING IN THE MAIN PART OF TOWN

TYPICAL BUILDING IN THE MAIN PART OF TOWN

PART OF THE CATHEDRAL ON THE SPOT WHERE ST. OLAF IS BURIED.

PART OF THE CATHEDRAL ON THE SPOT WHERE ST. OLAF IS BURIED.

TRONDHEIM CATHEDRAL - Commenced in 1250

TRONDHEIM CATHEDRAL - Commenced in 1250

VIEWS ON OUR CRUISE ON THE CANALS AND HARBOUR

VIEWS ON OUR CRUISE ON THE CANALS AND HARBOUR

FOR THE BOATIES

FOR THE BOATIES

MOORED ON THE CANAL

MOORED ON THE CANAL

SO MANY WOODEN BOATS

SO MANY WOODEN BOATS

A VERY NICE KETCH

A VERY NICE KETCH

KRISTIANSEN FORTRESS - BUILT FOLLOWING THE GREAT CITY FIRE OF 1681

KRISTIANSEN FORTRESS - BUILT FOLLOWING THE GREAT CITY FIRE OF 1681

We also had a trip on the fiord and later on went to Hell. But that's another story that will be told on a later blog. After our trip on the canal we had a walk through the business part of town back to our hotel where through the window I took a photo of the high speed catamaran ferries that collect commuters from towns along the fiord for a 30knot trip to work or home.

High speed ferries at the Express Boat Terminal.

High speed ferries at the Express Boat Terminal.

More tomorrow about the Fiord and Hell.

Posted by normaandjack 10:43 Archived in Norway

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