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The History & Cultural Traditions of Telemark and Norway


From the time of the Black Plague until 1905, Norway was ruled by Denmark or Sweden and considered a backwater. Even when nobles in those nations were given estates in Norway, they typically did not live there.  As a result, Norwegian society developed without a resident noble class, which made it unique among European nations.  Those who owned land, the bonder class, represented the highest social order in Norway.  These factors had a significant impact on the development of Norway's culture and traditions.

Norwegian History & Culture
Land Ownership and Use in Historic Telemark Skiing, Norway's National Sport
A Husmann's Contract "To the Seter!"
The Bonde Revolt in Hjartdal in 1540 Rosemaling
Olav Grå, Silversmith Telemark Silver
Historical Timeline Bunads

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About Hardanger Fiddles
"Nisse" - those Norwegian Elves
Christmas in Old Norway
Norwegians and Nature


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