Although, if I understand it correctly, it’s a monument to autocracy: “everyone stop fighting because if you keep it up you’ll die.” It’s not the best argument for peaceful resolution of political division but I guess it works.
I had never heard of this before, and I am bummed because I’d have gone out of my way to visit it last time I was in Norway, because: swords! [vn]
“Whoever can draw these swords from this mountain, shall be three-armed king of Scandinavia!”
Have any of you been to this monument? If you have pictures you wish me to post, feel free to email them to me (I have to upload pictures to FTB if you want to link them in comments)
If I recall correctly, Harald “christianized” Norway by saying, in effect, “Christians, right?”(waving a 30-foot sword) and everyone said, “we sure are, boss!” Harald knew how to get things done.
It’s one of the coolest monuments I’ve seen. Now, I call upon the Japanese to ante up with a gigantic Katana sticking into the ground, somewhere, like at the end of Seven Samurai only 30 feet high.