, Saint. Hallvard b. 1020 d. 1043 Roman Catholic Saint and Martyr. He was born circa 1020 and little is known of his early life. His father was reportedly a wealthy farmer and his mother was supposed to have been related to Saint Olaf, the patron saint of Norway. According to tradition, he is considered a martyr because he died in defense of an innocent pregnant woman who was wrongly accused of theft. He had given her sanctuary on his ship and was going to transport her across Drammensfjord to safety when her accusers caught...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) St Hallvard Cathedral (Defunct), Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
Abel, Niels Henrik b. August 5, 1802 d. April 6, 1829 Mathematician. Born in Nedstrand, Norway, he studied at the University of Christiania (now Oslo). His body of work mainly concentrated on the solution of the Quintic Equation, the elliptic functions and the group theory. Part of his researches were published in the influential "Crelle's Journal". On Christmas 1828 he became ill during a sled journey to visit his fiancee in Froland, Norway, and some months later he died of tuberculosis at the age of 26. German mathematician August Leopold...[Read More] (Bio by: Duke) Froland Cemetery, Froland kommune, Aust-Agder fylke, Norway
Andersen, Hjalmar 'Hjallis' b. March 12, 1923 d. March 27, 2013 Olympic Men's Speed Skating Gold Medal Winner. He is fondly remembered for winning the gold medal for the 1500 meter, 5000 meter, and the 10000 meter Men's speed skating races at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway. The oldest and only son of six children, his father worked as a ship captain and while in his teens, he worked on the wharf in Trondheim as an errand boy and then as a truck driver. He became inspired to pursue speed skating after attending a skating championship in 1940. In...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Lademoen, Trondheim, Trondheim kommune, Sør-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
Baardsson, Skule d. May 24, 1240 Norwegian Nobleman and Literary Figure. He is mentioned in several medieval Scandinavian sagas and poems, and was one of the main characters in Henrik Ibsen's 1863 play "Kongs-Emnerne" which is about the dispute between Skule and King Haakon IV. He was born around 1189 into Norwegian nobility and was a half-brother to King Inge II, who had bestowed on him the title of earl in the last years of his reign. When King Inge died in 1217, Haakon Haakonsson, the illegitimate son of King Haakon III...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Trondheim kommune, Sør-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
Bakken, Terje 'Valfar' b. September 3, 1978 d. January 16, 2004 Musician. He was the lead singer of the popular Norwegian Heavy Metal band, Windir. Originally formed as one man project, 'Valfar' as he was known to his legion of fans, Bakken released two albums at first by himself including, "Sognariket", and "Det gamle nket." In 2001, Bakken decided to add a full band to the lineup and recorded the album, "1184" with his new bandmates and another group, Ulcus. The album was recorded in the Sognamal language, a dialect of Norwegian. The group later switched...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Stedje Church, Sogndalsfjora, Sogndal kommune, Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Norway
Blanche (Blanka of Namur) b. 1318 d. 1363 Scandinavian Queen. She was the consort monarch of King Magnus VII of Norway, who also was Magnus IV of Sweden, and belonged to the Dampierre-sur-l'Aube Dynasty of Namur, now in Belgium. She was born at the Citadel of Namur in the heart of Walloon country, the daughter of Count Regnant John I. Her mother, Marie d'Artois, belonged to the French royal family. In 1334 the young King Magnus came all the way from the north to find his bride. (Sweden didn't give a princess back to Belgium for another...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Mariekirkens ruin*, Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway Plot: Church no longer exists. *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Brown, Anne b. August 9, 1912 d. March 13, 2009 Opera Singer. A soprano, she is remembered for creating the role of Bess in George Gershwin's 1935 "Porgy and Bess". Born Anne Wiggins Brown, she was raised in Baltimore by a well-off family, grew up with a love of music, and is said to have been able to sing a scale before her first birthday. Though her talent was praised her race kept her out of Baltimore's Catholic schools and Peabody Conservatory; after training at Baltimore's Morgan College she was admitted to Juilliard at 16, becoming the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
Bull, Ole b. February 5, 1810 d. August 17, 1880 Musician. He was hailed as one of the greatest violinists of his era. Born in Bergen, Norway, he was a musical prodigy and by age nine was playing first violin in the Bergen Theatre Orchestra. His father insisted that he become a lawyer, but after some half-hearted legal study he fled to Paris, where his performing debut in 1835 caused a sensation. Some critics compared him to the legendary violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini. Bull wrote a number of compositions based on Norwegian folk music...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Assistentkirkegaarden (Assistant Cemetery), Bergen, Bergen kommune, Hordaland fylke, Norway
Collett, Camilla b. January 23, 1813 d. March 6, 1895 Author. She was called the first Norwegian feminist, and founded the genre of "realism" in Norwegian literature. Raised in a literary family (the younger sister of poet Henrik Wergeland), she started writing professionally soon after her marriage in 1841. Her only novel "Amtmandens Dottre" ("The District Governor's Daughters") was published, at first anonymously, in 1854 and 1855. It deals with the plight of girls in a patriarchial society, particularly centering on the issue of forced...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cemetery of Our Saviour, Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
Flagstad, Kirsten Målfrid b. July 12, 1895 d. December 7, 1962 Opera singer. Considered one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the 20th century, she was admired for the sheer tonal beauty of her voice and its consistency of line and tone. Born in Hamar, Norway, her father was conductor Michael Flagstad and her mother pianist Marie Flagstad Johnsrud. She received early musical training in Oslo and made her stage debut at the National Theatre in 1913. Her first recordings date from 1913 to 1915. After further studies in Stockholm, Flagstad began a career...[Read More] (Bio by: Storm) Oslo Western Civil Cemetery, Oslo, Oslo County, Norway
Gille IV., Harald of Norway b. 1102 d. December 14, 1136 Norwegian Monarch. He reigned as King of Norway from 1130 until 1136. He was born circa 1102, probably in Ireland. He claimed to be the illegitimate son of King Magnus III "Barefoot" Olafsson of Norway, who had visited Ireland shortly before his death in 1103. (According to some Irish stories, Magnus III was known to have been particularly fond of at least one Irish woman.) Around 1127, he went to Norway and announced his claim, which would have made him the half-brother of the reigning...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Christ Church (Defunct), Bergen, Bergen kommune, Hordaland fylke, Norway
Haakon III of Norway d. January 1, 1204 Norwegian Monarch. He reigned as king from 1202 to 1204. He was an illegitimate son of the Norwegian King Sverre Sigurdsson and one of his concubines, Astrid Roesdotter. His exact date of birth is unknown but it most likely occurred sometime in the 1170s. He grew up during a tumultuous time in Norway when it was subjected to internal civil wars due primarily to social conditions, struggles between various aristocratic parties, and differences between the Church and the monarchy. There were...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Christ Church (Defunct), Bergen, Bergen kommune, Hordaland fylke, Norway
Hacon VI (Haakon Magnusson) b. August, 1340 d. May 1, 1380 King of Norway and Sweden. Probably Håkan III of Sweden, counting back hundreds of years, he belonged to the Bielbo Dynasty as the son of Magnus IV of Sweden, who also was Magnus VII of Norway. His mother was Queen Blanche who was a close relative of the French royal family. Through his genealogical inheritance from a grandmother, Duchess Ingiburga, brief Queen Mother Regnant, he had succeeded his grandfather, Hacon V of Norway, at the age of three and was the sole ruler there since King Magnus...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Mariekirkens ruin, Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway Plot: Church is in ruins.