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Statue of the week: Number 11

November 29, 2010

This weeks statue is located near the Rådhus, but it is not one of many, but a single statue.  It is of Peter Wessel Tordenskjold (or Tordenskiold)  which translates as thunderbird. He lived from1691 to 1720  and was an eminent Norwegian naval officer, becoming a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Dano-Norwegian Navy due to his involvement in the Great Northern War. He was given a title by the king of Denmark in 1716, but not before being court-martialled. He is mentioned in the national anthems of both Danmark and Norway.  However, he didn’t last long after the end of the war, and died, aged 29, in a duel with swords against  Jakob Axel Staël von Holstein.  The duel was something to do with cheating at gambling, and Tordenskjold’s second (who should have been on his side) tricked Tordeskjold into thinking that Staël had left the town and so Tordenskjold left his guns at home, and went to the duel site with only a ceremonial sword.

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  1. KABerg permalink
    August 10, 2011 3:41 pm

    Actually it is not not Thunderbird, but Thundershield.. A very manly man, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tordenskjold

    • November 27, 2011 10:22 pm

      Ah, perhaps I was remembering the 1980’s cartoon of Thunderbirds!

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