• Alexander Alexanov

Hafrsfjord, swords in the rock.

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

On a small hill on the Møllebukta of Hafrsfjord, about six kilometers from the center of Stavanger, three huge bronze words rise, which are a monument in memory of the epic battle of Hafrsfjord, held in these places more than 1100 years ago. This battle is considered by historians, as the culminating event in the history of Norway, leading to the unification of many small kingdoms into one state, which became the ruler of one monarch. In fact, the unification process lasted several centuries, but the Battle of Hafrsfjorde put an end to it, therefore it is a key place in the history of Norway and is revered by the people of the country. In this decisive battle, King Harald, who controlled much of southeastern Norway, defeated the opposing forces, thus uniting the whole country under his authority.

The monument on the rock in Hafrsfjord is called "Sverd i fjell", which means "swords in the rock". It was designed by the sculptor Fritz Røed in 1983. Three swords are driven into the rock and rise above it to a height of 10 meters. The biggest sword represents the victorious King Harald, and the two smaller ones are the defeated kings. The monument also symbolizes peace in the entire Norwegian land - as solid as these swords, which are firmly cut into the rock, from which none of the enemies of Norway can pull them out.

Møllebukta (Mill Bay) is a small bay with a sandy beach in the inner part of the Hafrsfjorden in the borough of Madla. It is named after the Møllebekken creek which flows into the bay on the west side of the beach area. The area historically was utilized for running a corn mill. The beach has a length of about 100 metres and it is one of the most popular for swimming and sunbathing.

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