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Trollsteinen

Site/Artefact
Trollsteinen

Type
Stone block with carved cross

Site Number
None

UTM Grid Reference
478569 East
7566885 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Topografisk Hovedkartserie - M711 No 1131 II

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Trollsteinen (Photo: Wenche Brun, Lofotr, the Viking Museum)

Drawing of the cross together with: top: a variant of the Christ-symbol
bottom: regular latin cross(After R, Bertelsen, 2001)

Description
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).

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
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".

References

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Vestvågøy Sites and Artefacts

1. Borg
2. Buksnesfjorden
3. Bøstad
4. Eggum
5. Einangen
6. Eltoft
7. Holsneset
8. Holsøya
9. Kvalnes
10. Moland
11. Nykmark
12. Skjerpen
13. Trollsteinen
14. Uttakleiv
15. Vendalsjord
16. The Stone Crosses
17. Malnes
18. Borg Burial Mounds
19. Borg Burial Mounds
20. Borg Roman House Site
21. Borg House Remains I:Ia
23. Borg I:Ib
24. Borg House Remains
25. Borg - Midden

26. Borg House Site
27. Borg House Sites
28. Borg Farm Ruins
29. Borg Medieval Sites
30. Borg Burial Mounds
31. Borg Possible Settlement
32. Borg Medieval House Site
33. Borg Boat Houses
34. Burial Mound
35. Burial Mound
36. Borg Burial Mound
37. Borg Modern Church
38. Bøstad Burial Cairn
39. Bøstad Removed Burials
40. Bøstad - Courtyard
41. Boat House and Burial
42. Bøstad House Sites
43. Bøstad Farm Mound
44. Rystad Boat Houses
45. Rystad Burial Mound
46. Burial and Farm Mound
47. Rystad Burial Mound
48. Rystad - Burials
49. Rystad Burial Cairn
50. Handberg Charcoal-Pits

51. Handberg Farm Mound
52. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 1
53. Handberg Charcoal Pit -2
54. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 3
55. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 4
56. Handberg Charcoal Pits
57. Handberg Charcoal Pit
58. Vendalsjord
59. Lie Burial Mound
60. Lie Boat House
61. Lie
62. Løvdal
63. Borgfjord Indre
64. Sletteng
65. Borgfjord Ytre
66. Ytre Borgfjord - Burial
67. Borgfjord Ytre
68. Ytre Borgfjord
69. Borgfjord Ytre
70. Hagvåg Boat House
71. Hagvåg Burial Mound
72. Hagvåg Bridge Construction
73. Evjen Farm Mound

 

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