Vestre Slidre

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Vestre Slidre kommune
Municipality
Kvaale Vestre Slidre.jpg
Coat of arms of Vestre Slidre kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vestre Slidre kommune
Oppland within
Norway
Vestre Slidre within Oppland
Vestre Slidre within Oppland
Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722
Country Norway
County Oppland
District Valdres
Administrative centre Slidre
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Lars Kvissel (Sp)
Area
 • Total 463 km2 (179 sq mi)
 • Land 421 km2 (163 sq mi)
Area rank 217 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,304
 • Rank 317 in Norway
 • Density 5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -9.7 %
Demonym Vestreslidring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0543
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.vestre-slidre.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Vestre Slidre is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Slidre. The old municipality of Slidre was divided into Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre in 1849.

Map of Vestre Slidre

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Slidre farm (Old Norse: Slíðrar), since the first church was built here. The name is probably derived from slíðr which means "sheath" (which is probably referring to a long depression near the church). The meaning of the name Vestre Slidre is "(the) western (part of) Slidre" (since the parish and municipality of Slidre was divided in 1849.)[2]

See also: Øystre Slidre

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms was made official in 1987, but it originally was a seal belonging to a medieval nobleman from the district.

History[edit]

High above Slidre there is an ancient burial ground called the Garberg site. At this site, there is a runestone which reads I Godguest wrote the runes. This stone is known as the Einang stone.

Vestre Sildre figures prominently in the Norse Sagas:

  • Harald Fairhair was, according to the Sagas, the first king (872 – 930) of Norway. In 866, he made the first of a series of conquests over a number of petty kingdoms. One of the encounters leading to the overall conquest was with Skallagrim Kveldulvssøn in Vestre Slidre. In 872, after winning the Battle of Hafrsfjord near Stavanger, he found himself king of the whole country.[3]
  • In the Heimskringla attributed to Snorri Sturluson, it is recorded that in 1023 Saint Olav came unannounced from Sogn as part of his campaign to Christianize Norway. At Slidre he caught the peasants unawares, and secured all their boats. As a condition for having their boats restored, they accepted Christianity.[3]

Churches[edit]

Slidredomen, a medieval stone-built church, was once the main church for Valdres. The church is built around 1170. Its treasures formerly included a chalice presented by Bishop Salomon of Oslo (1322-1352), the only Bishop in Norway to survive the Black Death. Slidredomen is also known to have had a local bishop.[3]

Lomen stave church is located in the small village of Lomen. It was built circa 1170. The exterior of the present Lomen church is post-Reformation, and only the wall and roof timbers remain from the original building.[3]

A church of the same period, the Høre stave church (the Dano-Norwegian spelling of the word Høre was Hurum), was almost entirely rebuilt and extended. Only the south door, with dragons and other carvings, still exists.[3]

Geography[edit]

View over Lomen from the Garberg site, with Vang slightly to the left and Jotunheimen in the background. Down by the lake and to the right is Lomen.

Vestre Slidre is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Vang, to the northeast by Øystre Slidre, to the east by Nord-Aurdal, and to the southwest by Hemsedal.

Vestre Slidre is part of the Valdres region in south-central Norway. It is situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 285. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Stagg, Frank Noel (1956). East Norway and its Frontier. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. 

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