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Silver bangles made here in Orkney remember our cultural links with Norse history. Two special Christmas tokens have come to Orkney to commemorate a friendship between communities which has bonded the islands with Norway ever since the Viking Age. Each year the people of Hordaland provide us with Christmas trees to stand outside and inside St Magnus Cathedral. Silver bangles and anklet bracelets depicting St Magnus’ window sell successfully in the UK and overseas.
While London, Edinburgh and New York each are given a Christmas tree from Norway; Orkney is gifted 2. The tree which had been lit outside of the cathedral on Saturday was presented by the county of Hordaland, that’s been twinned with Orkney Islands Council for 26 years, although the smaller-sized tree located within the cathedral comes from the folks of Grimstad, which has a special connection with Orkney’s history.
Viking earls St Magnus and his nephew Kale Kolssn, (born 1100) known later as Earl Rognvald the creator of St Magnus Cathedral , spent their childhood years as boys on the farm Bringsvrd at Grimstad in southern Norway, now in the region of Aust-Agder. It is within this forest that the tree destined for Orkney is felled.
Kale was born at the huge farm where his father Kol Kalessn was the king’s representative. He was wedded to Magnus’ sister Gunhild and became Earl Rognvald in Orkney on the martyrdom of his uncle Magnus. He built the cathedral to honour his uncle.
In Grimstad the Fjre Kirke (church) on the farm is linked to St Magnus Cathedral even though the present-day natural stone church created around 1150 by neighborhood farmers replaced the wooden church that Magnus and Kale were familiar with. In 1987 the 850th anniversary of the beginning of St Magnus Cathedral was marked when the community sent a plaque and a tree to Kirkwall. And that is the way the tree giving tradition started. Both church buildings were once in the Norwegian diocese of Trondheim.
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Grimstad has a populace of nearly 20,000, much like the total population of Orkney, and is a maritime township set amid many small islands. A celebrated son of Grimstad was the playwright Henrik Ibsen. Writer Roald Dahl went to visit his grandfather and grandmother there and novelist Knut Hamsun was a native of the community.
In the cathedral a Christmas service, which often has standing room only presents carols and music from college choir and pipers of Orkney and performers from Norway. Right above them is the Rose windowpane that is depicted on Silver bangles from our website.
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