Telemark was Norway’s ‘Wild West’, full of mystery, music and fairytales, a land of natural beauty from the rugged mountains in the north to the rocky coastline in the south.
The settlement that later became Notodden was located in Upper Telemark, a defiantly independent region. Here, small farm and landowners honored their Norse Viking tradition and rituals as they had for many centuries – with protection and vegeance.
This was a land of legend, respected – and feared.
They worked the fiery furnaces by day, then played hard by night in the young and vibrant town of Notodden. Whenever and wherever they could, they played music.
Years passed. The war came and Norway was occupied. Five painful years later, Norway and Europe were freed.
New post-war generations in Notodden began to work the factories. Some young people heard the call of adventure and sailed to American and beyond as crew on mighty Norwegian ships.
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