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Submitted by kenntha88 on Tuesday, 02 November 2010  Page Views: 8369

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Balder's Rock Alternative Name: Husabø
Country: Norway Fylke: Sogn og Fjordane Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Sogndal  Nearest Village: Leikanger
Latitude: 61.185375N  Longitude: 6.804314E
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
5 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Balder's Rock
Balder's Rock submitted by kenntha88 : It was hard to get a picture with good light conditions, because of the light background, but anyway its possible to get a impression of the height of the stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This standing stone, probably on a small burial mound is towering nearly 8 metres above the ground! This is the tallest standing stone in all of Norway! The "official" height is around 7.90 metres. It is a very impressive sight! It is on a beautiful site with a great view over the Sognefjord.

The stone has its name from the old norse god Balder. Traditionally, the name of the Balder stone has been linked to the saga about Fridtjov the Bold. This story takes place in the viking age and tells of a large place of worship on a farm called Balder's garden. It has been claimed that this refers to Balderhagen at Husabø. It was also thought that the name was given because it was placed on Fridtjovs grave. Opinions are divided on whether the saga is based on real life. It was written down several hundred years after the Viking age, and no other sources support the theory that the Balder stone is on Fridtjovs grave or linked to him in any way. Many places in or around this area has the name Balder in them, so its more likely it was named after some of these places, but the presence of so many names containing Balder should suggest this area was a place of worship in ancient times.

The date of the stone is from about 500-800AD, based on some findings from under and around the stone. On the outskirts of the mound, archeologists have found a mans grave dating back to about 700-800AD. Several iron age burials have been excavated around the stone so its reason to believe it was a part of a larger burial cemetery. The stone is about 1 metre wide and about 0.50 thick. Many years ago there was a cairn close to the stone, but nobody knows when the cairn was erased.

This standing stone has been portrayed in many paintings from famous artists from early 1800s to early 1900s.

Both this and more standing stones in Leikanger has probably been carved out from a site called Hessberget in the mountainside just above Husabø, the weight of the stone is estimated to be around 10 or 11 tons, so it must have been a hard job to get it from the carving site to this location. Some very important person must have been buried under the stone!

The stone is right beside the coast road trough Leikanger and is very easy to notice and visit. It is very well-worth a visit!!
Unfortunately it was heavy rain and very foggy when I visited the stone, so the landscape in the background is a little obscured.

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Balder's Rock
Balder's Rock submitted by kenntha88 : The stone seen from the sea shore, its just about 100 metres down the hill. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Balder's Rock
Balder's Rock submitted by kenntha88 : I wonder how high social status the individual had that the stone was erected for! (Vote or comment on this photo)

Balder's Rock
Balder's Rock submitted by kenntha88 : The stone seen from the west. The smaller garden trees obscures the bottom part. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Balder's Rock
Balder's Rock submitted by kenntha88 : Looking up at the top of this stone makes you impressed! (Vote or comment on this photo)

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