Sverd i fjell

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Sverd i fjell
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Sverd i fjell is located in Norway
Sverd i fjell
Location within Norway.
Coordinates 58°56′29″N 5°40′17″E / 58.941410°N 5.671341°E / 58.941410; 5.671341
Location Hafrsfjord fjord, Norway
Designer Friz Røed
Height 10 metres (33 ft)
Completion date 1983

Sverd i fjell (English: Swords in Rock) is a commemorative monument located at the Hafrsfjord fjord, just outside the city of Stavanger in Norway.

The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne and was unveiled by king Olav V of Norway in 1983. The three swords stand 10 metres tall and are planted into the rock of a small hill next to the fjord. They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord that 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, whence they may never be removed.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Sam Dunn filmed on location at Sverd i fjell while he was touring Norway doing interviews for Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Bladehenge in Brütal Legend by Tim Schafer was modelled after Sverd i fjell.

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