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Peeps at Many Lands: Norway   By: (1856-1930)

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Peeps at Many Lands



Lieut. Col. A. F. Mockler Ferryman, F.R.G.S., F.Z.S.

With twelve full page illustrations in colour


A. Heaton Cooper & Nico Jungman

London Adam and Charles Black 1911


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I. The Land of the Vikings 1 II. Modern Norway 5 III. The People and Their Industries 9 IV. On the Farm 15 V. Manners and Customs 20 VI. School and Play 25 VII. Some Fairy Tales 32 VIII. The Hardanger Fjord 37 IX. A Glimpse of the Fjelds 43 X. Wild Nature Beasts 48 XI. Wild Nature Birds 54 XII. Waterfalls, Snowfields, and Glaciers 60 XIII. Driving in Norway 66 XIV. Arctic Days and Nights 70 XV. Laplanders at Home 78 XVI. Winter in Christiania 84


Skjæggedalsfos, Hardanger Fjord frontispiece   Facing Page Nærodal, from Stalheim, Sogne Fjord viii Fishing Through the Ice on Christiania Fjord 9 Making "Fladbröd" A Cottage Interior 16 A Hardanger Bride 25 A Baby of Telemarken 32 Godösund, Hardanger Fjord 41 A Sæter 48 Bondhus Glacier, Hardanger Fjord 57 Lærdalsören 64 A Lapp Mother and Child 73 Skiers Drinking Goosewine 80 Sætersdalen Girl In National Costume on the cover

Sketch Map of Norway on page vii.




Who has not heard of the Vikings the dauntless sea rovers, who in the days of long ago were the dread of Northern Europe? We English should know something of them, for Viking blood flowed in the veins of many of our ancestors. And these fierce fighting men came in their ships across the North Sea from Norway on more than one occasion to invade England. But they came once too often, and were thoroughly defeated at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, when, as will be remembered, Harald the Hard, King of Norway, was killed in attempting to turn his namesake, King Harold of England, off his throne.

Norwegian historians, however, do not say very much about this particular invasion. They prefer to dwell on the great deeds of another King Harald, who was called "Fairhair," and who began his reign some two hundred years earlier. This Harald was only a boy of ten years of age when he came to the throne, but he determined to increase the size of his kingdom, which was then but a small one, so he trained his men to fight, built grand new ships, and then began his conquests. Norway was at that time divided up into a number of districts or small kingdoms, each of which was ruled over by an Earl or petty King, and it was these rulers whom Harald set to work to subdue. He intended to make one united kingdom of all Norway, and he eventually succeeded in doing so. But he had many a hard fight; and if the Sagas, as the historical records of the North are called, speak truly, he fought almost continuously during twelve long years before he had accomplished his task, and even then he was only just twenty one years of age... Continue reading book >>

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