Dragons Under the Eaves at Hove Stone Church;
Horse Head Talisman near the Roof.
Both at Vik
I. Background. Hove: Place of cult. Place of cult activity, such as burials, administration, may be a building, maybe not. Hove, hof, horgr, haug, hov, ve, vang. Prechristian. Now, Hove Stone Church, built at such a place by virtue of the name designation. A Hove, a farm used for purposes of the religious life, See http://christianization.hist.cam.ac.uk/regions/norway/norway-pagan-non-christ.html/. Widingh, Widinghof, surnames with Germanic-Scandinavian cult roots, see http://swedenroadways.blogspot.com/2010/07/did-wid-of-saxon-origin-have-legs.html. See FN 1
Hove Stone Church, at Vik.
- Query: Does this mean that the horse head found in bed in The Godfather has a significance whether it was facing east or west?
What is this form? Is it a ship, perhaps, sails down? Not sure.
Hove Stone Church, Vik, Norway
Hof, Hove. Derivations of place names. These names is a form used for farms, places for religious activity pre-Christian.
Materials used for churches constructed on cult sites: Is the choice of material for a building, as stone or wood, an issue of rich man, building the stone church; and ordinary man, building the stave church? Or was the more durable material put on top of old cult places, to keep them down. If so, just like today. Build what you can afford, to glorify who or whom, impress, overcome, supersede.
Hove boasts the stone church, a private construction (still used for services) in an area beside Vik, and from findings from burial mounds: a place of wealth, chieftains. Vik, just down the road toward the fjord, is wood.
- At the same time that hundreds of wooden stave churches were built when Norway converted to institutional Christianity (12th Century, give or take); stone churches like this were also built. The architectural styles between the two forms differ. Here at Vik, there is both: a fine stave church, Hopperstad; and a stone church, same era, at Hove, just up the hill. Is Hove part of Vik now? See overview at http://vikjavev.no/omvik/
- These names is a form used for farms, hov stands for Is the choice of material for a building, stone or wood, an issue of rich man, building the stone church; and ordinary man, building the stave church? If so, just like today. Build what you can afford, to glorify who or whom. Hove boasts the stone church, a private construction in an area beside Vik, and from findings from burial mounds: a place of wealth, chieftains. Vik, just down the road toward the fjord, is wood.
FN 2 Comparative stone churches, 12-13th Centuries
See, as comparison to Hove,
a) the church at Skaun, from the area inspiring the novel, Kristin Lavrandsatter, see http://norwayroadways.blogspot.com/2011/11/kristin-lavransdatter-sigrid-undset.htm. See also http://norwayroadways.blogspot.com/2011/11/kristin-lavransdatter-sigrid-undset.html; and http://norwayroadways.blogspot.com/2013/11/skaun-church-but-husaby-was-older.html