- Magnus: He of the handsome face, albeit small mouth, still many women were drawn to him and many of those ladies had many, many children. Geneology sites love it. Those who die young remain forever young.
- Q. If he is omitted from most king chronology lists, why venerate him here. A. Everybody heralds a favorite son: local veneration because the person is local, see http://www.thefreedictionary.com/favorite+son/.
Inscription, roughly written on notepad:
"Kony Magnus Ereingsson fodd in 1156 was son averling kakke pa stodle in exceptions and wife Kristin dotter by Sigurd Jorsal danger he was king from 1161 until he Drops Fasraget by fimreire in 1184 before Bjorgis".
Or is this town before the next town called Bjorgis? Notes not clear. Details of his history at FN 1.
2. The Fjordland. Consult your own maps. The water, the arms and fingers of major fjords reaching as lesser fjords into the hinterlands, Norway and water, definitive as to history, culture.
2. Etne is more than Mere Magnus, the Ignored.
Also at Etne, same park: see http://www.fuglfonix.no/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=68
Folgefonden. Small fishing vessel.
Here, a memorial to shipwrecked vessel, Folgefonden 1908, with 28 lives lost:
Gleaned from various sources:
- King Magnus Erlingsson (1156—1184) was the first crowned king in Norway and his seat of power was at Etne. He was from Hordaland, and had a claim to the throne not iron-clad but as good as others, but his father prevailed on his behalf. Father was Erling Skakke, mother was Kristin Sigurdsdatter, daughter of king Sigurd Jorsalfare, a/k/a Sigurd the Crusader. Magnus was crowned as a child in 1161, and was the first Norwegian king to be crowned. Erling became an earl and was the power while Magnus was under age.
- Then arrived Magnus' nemesis, Sverre Sigurdsson. Sverre claimed kingship rights through a Sigurd Munn, there was war for several years. Magnus was killed at the Battle of Fimreite in 1184, and is buried in Bergen. He had many, many children, of many ladies, apparently; and was handsome but with a small mouth.
- Readable overview, including explanations of the church's involvement in supporting Magnus' reign and claims, and opposition to Sverre Sigurdsson, see everyman's friend at Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_war_era_in_Norway/
- It was Sverre Sigurdsson who also killed Magnus' father, battle near Nidaros, in 1179 at Kalvskinnet, and many sources repeat the same phrase, that this turned the tide of the civil wars. Turn to the Historical Dictionary of Norway, a google book, by Jan Sjavik, for good detail and context at p.9 ff.