Norway’s Saint of Manhole Covers?

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway One of the enduring legends of Norway dates from an event that took place in 1043 in Husaby on the northeast bank of the Drammen Fjord, southwest of Oslo. Hallvard Vebjørnsson (1020-1043), the son of Vebjørn, a major local farmer, and his wife Thorny, the cousin of St. Olav, became a local small trader who traveled often on business. One day in the spring of 1043, as he was preparing to row his boat across the fjord, a young, pregnant thrall (modern respelling of the Old Norse þræll, a Viking Age serf in Scandinavia) woman ran up and begged him to take her with him, as she was being pursued by three men. She explained that th
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