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At Urnes Stave Church, Norway, Viking Age animal art meets Christian architecture..Urnes stavkirke (or stavkyrkje), the oldest Stave Church in Norway, stands at Ornes farm on Lustrafjord in Luster municipality, Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The church was built around 1135 AD and links Christian architecture with animal-ornamentation of the Viking Age. In 1979, Urnes Stave Church was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

At Urnes Stave Church, Norway, Viking Age animal art meets Christian architecture.Urnes stavkirke (or stavkyrkje), the oldest Stave Church .

The Real Rollo  Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, more commonly known as Rollo (and later Robert Of Normandy), lived between 846 and 931 CE. He was a Norse viking warlord who became the founder and first ruler of the Viking principality that would come to be called Normandy.  It is theorised that he was the son of Ragnvald Eysteinsson, a Jarl of Western Norway. Rollo was known by the nickname “Ganger Hrolf” (Hrolf the Walker) because it was said he was so big no horse could carry him.  Artwork by…

The Real Rollo Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, more commonly known as Rollo (and later…

Heimdallr by Denyse Shorrocks, Stoneart Designs

Heimdallr by Denyse Shorrocks, Stoneart Designs

The adult division of the 2016 Midwinter Art Contest had a large number of fantastic works from around the world.

Loki, Alberich and Odin-Arthur Rackham    Loki, himself a shape-shifter, pretends to be alarmed by Alberich’s ability to take the form of a serpent.  He pretends to doubt Alberich’s ability to shift into smaller forms, at which Alberich transforms into a frog.  Odin and Loki then trapped the frog and stole his magical helmet.

Horrible dragon, O swallow me not! Spare the life of poor Loge!', illustration from 'The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie', 1910

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