Birkebeiner

Country: Norway Latitude: 61.728 N, Longitude: 10.3043 W
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Birkeibeinerrennet

In 1206 there was a civil war in Norway. One group fighting for the throne were the birkebeiners, which is birch leggings in english which was what they wore on their feet. They were the underdogs so they had nothing but the bark of the birch-trees for shoes. Thus word birkebeiner has come to mean a man who is strong when times are tough and never daunted by trials and hardship. After the birkebeiner chief Haakon died on New Years Day in 1204 the baglers saw a major problem in his infant son Haakon Haakonsson, his life was in jeopardy, so the birkebeiners had to take him to safety in Trondheim. On the day after Christmas in 1205 the party cut across the mountains to avoid detection. Due to very bad weather and difficult snow conditions the two best skiers, Torstein Skevla and Skjervald Skrukka had to go ahead of the group with the two year old prince. The 5.5 kilo pack carried by the present day birkebeiners symbolizes the prince, who later became king Haakon. He brought an end of the civil war.

In 1206 there was a civil war in Norway. One group fighting for the throne were the birkebeiners, which is birch leggings in english which was what they wore on their feet. They were the underdogs so they had nothing but the bark of the birch-trees for shoes. Thus word birkebeiner has come to mean a man who is strong when times are tough and never daunted by trials and hardship. After the birkebeiner chief Haakon died on New Years Day in 1204 the baglers saw a major problem in his infant son Haakon Haakonsson, his life was in jeopardy, so the birkebeiners had to take him to safety in Trondheim. On the day... » Full Description

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