Norse mythology – mythical places: Dovre

The Dovre mountains have a place in Norway's cultural history as a symbol of unity and identity. The area is an integral part of the myths about the origins of the Norwegian people and of its kings and earls and it features in the initiation of heroes and in medieval pilgrimages to Nidaros.

"United and true until Dovre falls", declared the members of Norway's constituent assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814. Dovre is also known to people all over the world as the home of the Mountain King in Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt with incidental music by Edvard Grieg. And now Dovre is the subject of Norway's stamps for the third and last joint Nordic issue on Norse mythology, for which the theme is mythical places.

Issue date: 27 March 2008

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