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Trollsteinen (Photo: Wenche Brun, Lofotr, the Viking Museum)
Drawing of the cross
together with: top: a variant of the
This structure is, with its cross, directly connected to religion. The size of the stone is about 1x2 metres, and one of the vertical sides has a cross engraved/carved, of 75 cm in height. The shape of the cross is similar to those used around the year 1000 AD in the north of Norway.
Some researchers see similarities with Celtic areas in the British isles where crosses with rings were used, while another theory explains the cross as a variant of the Christ monogram, or Chi-Ro symbol.
The stone-block may have been part of Sámi cult, and then carved with the cross by Christians, to incorporate it into the new belief.
Such structures are not a common feature, the most similar is the "Sigmundarsteinur" at Skuvøy (Faroe Islands) and one "cross-rock" at Birsay (Orkney Islands).
Today the stone is situated close to the main road E-10, at the first crossroads south of the church Lofotkatedralen. The stone is included as part of the project "Footprints in the North".
- Bertelsen, R. 1998. Vågans kirkested fra tusenårsskiftet til 1300 tallet. Fra Kong Øysteins kirke til Lofotkatedralen. Vågan kirke 100 år.
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Vestvågøy Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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