Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Trolls and Trollvagen, Norway

And after a while it is also time for a new Norwegian card...yippie!!

It is always EXTREMELY hard to have to choose which Norwegian card to post coz I so much love them all! But there, the decision today fell on the Trollvagen (or the Troll Wall) in the evening sun...which is one magnificent place!
Trollvagen  is part of the mountain massif Trolltindene (Troll Peaks) in the Romsdal valley, near Åndalsnes and Molde on the Norwegian west coast. Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, 1100 meters from the base to the summit at its tallest. At its steepest, the summit overhangs the base by nearly fifty meters.
The rock is gneiss, and its large formations are shaping a broken face of huge corners, concave roofs, and crack systems, topped with a unique series of spires and pinnacles parading the summit rim. The rock is generally loose, and rock fall is the norm in this immense north facing big wall. A series of huge rock falls swiped the wall in autumn 1998, radically changing the character of several climbing routes.

The Troll Wall has been a prestigious goal for climbers and BASE jumpers alike. In 1984 Carl Boenish, the "father" of BASE jumping, was killed on the Troll Wall shortly after setting the world record for the highest BASE jump in history. BASE jumping from Troll Wall has been illegal since 1986.

the stamp was issued in 2004 in a set of 4, representing handicrafts, regarding the centenary of the Oseberg excavations
And since I was speaking about the Troll Wall, I thought these two Troll-related cards would fit best into this particular post.
I accidentally discovered these recently, and must say I loved them straightway.

These are watercoulours by a famous Norwegian artist, Solveig Muren Sanden. Dont you just love the wickedness on the troll's faces?? :)))))
And I love Nordic Mythology, so hence these cards are such a delight to me! :)

1 comment:

Dani said...

ее трол..идам ја по градинки, нешто се бафтам со деца и има една приказна three billy goats и еден трол..и викам на децата овоа е трол, таман да објаснам..децата а??? а едно вика нели чудовиште се вика monster.. ај си викам како сега да објаснам..и баталив трол викам monster и козичките..хехе