Saturday, January 11, 2014

Stiklestad. A Wedding at St. Olaf's, and Traditional Norwegian Dress

A Wedding at Stiklestad.
Norwegian National Dress.

Stiklestad is a battlefield site, with full tourist paraphernalia in a lodge-type facility, a recreated Viking-type village, an ancient church commemorating a saint, and more to draw tourists and Norwegians to appreciate the presented view of heritage.  What is the truth about the heritage here? Was this returning warrior king Olaf using religion for political reasons, as is often the case? That is a question not asked by the presenters.

Going to the chapel. St. Olaf's. *

1.  Women's national dress, Norway

We happened upon a rainy wedding at St. Olaf's Church, that began as Catholic, then came the Reformation to Lutheran, and there is now no state church.  Here comes the minister-priest-pastor, at the right in the rain.  We did not crash the wedding ceremony, so cannot say which was performed. Traditional Norwegian wear is known generically as the "bunad" -- see

Most of the men were in businesswear.  The ones in national dress seemed to be hidden behind the umbrellas.  Scroll down.
Stiklestad wedding, St. Olaf's.  Male guests in businesswear.  Woman in traditional Norwegian dress, often.

Grandmothers or aunts, as here, just might miss the wedding to supervise a little one.

The shaded embroidery patterning at the hem is called rosemaling, see  The verb is to rosemal. Ask for the mugs at Unni Marie's,

Other women were in NY little black dresses, or other.  This is a modern country, enjoying and preserving its heritage. I did not photograph the bride, anxious and damp as she was maneuvering out of the limo into the wet.  She was wearing, however, a white full-skirted lovely pouffy gown, with strapless top, and celebratory short veil.  Given the rain, the length of the veil was fortuitous.

2.  Norwegian national dress, men.

Elsewhere we found more easily photographed men in national dress. Some enjoyed their beer.

3.  Stiklestad:  The battlefield and the church.  St. Olaf's Church was built about 1070 to commemorate the death of Olaf II Haraldsson, at the battle here against the Danish Christian Knut.  Olaf tried to wrest the crown away, and lost.

Goin' to the Chap-el, and we're (unh) Gonna get ma-a-ar-rried (unh)!// Give the bride her pri-va-cy, and (unh) Click the friends and fam-i-ly (unh)....
Knut is also spelled Cnut, or Canute. Canute is the usual spelling for Anglophobes who like the image of King Canute of Britain, Denmark and Sweden (parts of those) setting his throne against the tides, to prove that no earthly ruler command even that.

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