Barry Wilkinson: King Olav and the Farmer
Winding like a serpent along the northwestern coast of the European continent, the long, narrow nation of Norway is a country that is proud of its rich heritage. For example, displayed on the colorful stained glass windows of the nation's famed Nidaros Cathedral, is the story of the legend of King Olav. As the story goes, while traveling through the countryside with his guards, the King told his men to be careful of the surrounding cornfields. However, some of the King's men were careless and rode through the corn, destroying much of it. Torgeir Flekk, a country farmer, received the King in a warm, friendly way, and offered his services. The King was pleased with the farmer's hospitality, and when the farmer later complained to the King of the damaged cornfields, King Olav rode around the area and surveyed the damages. When the King returned, he promised to make up for the ruined corn and to restore the farmer's land. The stained glass window dipicted in this artwork shows the farmer complaining about the damaged corn to the King -- who is mounted on his regal steed.
This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover of the Achievements of Human Genius Series from the 1983 Europa Collection.
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