Thirty-three Norwegian Trees (Innbundet)

And what they have witnessed


Ole Mathismoen

Norwegian title: Trettitre norske trær
Norwegian subtitle: og hva de har vært vitne til
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2019
Pages: 344
Publisher: Font Forlag
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788281695146
Overview Trettitre norske trær

There are ten billion trees growing in Norway. All producing oxygen, absorbing carbon, purifying the air and providing homes for thousands of insects, birds and other animals. From a cultural perspective, they have also provided food storage, building materials, hiding places, housing, something for us humans to climb – and in the past, a continual source of myth and superstition.

With infectious enthusiasm, Ole Mathismoen, an award-winning journalist (and lumberjack) takes us on a cultural nature trail to 33 of the oldest and biggest trees in Norway. Several of these giants have witnessed and survived the Viking Age, the Black Death, witch-burnings, Danish kings and two world wars.

There are proud old trees all over Norway, and in this glorious book you will find beautiful photographs, along with wellknown and less-well-known stories about 33 of them, and the roles they have played throughout Norway’s history.

Mathismoen and photographer Stig B. Hansen introduces us to hollow oak trees that are homes to hundreds of different insect species. An old Pine where lawbreakers would be hung. A hollow tree that was used as a hiding place for both robbers and priests. On the border between Sigdal and Numedal we find a spruce that is 539 years old. That means that is started sprouting three years before Marthin Luther was born. But this spruce is far from the oldest or biggest tree in Norway. Brukeika - The Brides Oak - is almost eleven meters around the base, and in the municipality of Birknes in Aust-Agder we find Mollestadeika - The Mollestad Oak tree - that planted its roots when Olav the Holy was still ruling the lands. Around the country we find these proud old trees towering, and in this picture book we find beautiful pictures as well as known and unknown stories about thirty-three of the trees and the role they have played through history.

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Reviews Trettitre norske trær

De gamle vet best

« Trettitre norske trær og hva de har vært vitne til er vel verdt å lese og bla i.»
KATHLEEN RANI HAGEN, Fedrelandsvennen
«Det er et spennende bokprosjekt Ole Mathismoen og Stig B. Hansen har gjennomført. Å velge ut 33 trær av Norges ti milliarder trær for portrettering er spenstig. Men de to har gjennomført det på en vakker måte. [...]
Og slik er denne vakre boken, portretter av spesielle trær, alle med sin spesielle historie. Hvem skulle trodd at en bok om gamle trær kunne være så fascinerende?»Knut G. Bjerva, Gjengangeren

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