Perhaps here at Borgund the glorious dragons were too high for the wimpy ones to whack off, and they only got the lowers. Or this place was too rural to count.The wealthy ones with new European mainland ties were elsewhere.
Steeple comparisons. Juxtapose this fine 5-tiered roof-line reaching up, up, that culminates in a little cross 'way on top, with stave churches closer to power points of the hierarchy: where this architecture is squashed down to a dumb mass-produced Reformation steeple. See Ringebu Stave Church at http://norwayroadways.blogspot.com/2013/09/ringebu-stave-church.html/
No wonder these outlier churches survived. Any prince of the church or the crown, would live elsewhere. So glad they did.