Photographer's Note

This guy born in Alesund was at the origin of a great part of European history as he was William of Normandy's or William the Conqueror's great-great-great grandfather.
Around the later part of the 9th century till the beginning of the 10th century, he takes the lead of a band of Vikings, and makes several incursions, with the help of the Anglo-saxons from across the Channel, in Northern France, on the coast of what is now Normandy, and along the river Seine.
To stop these ravaging incursions, the French king, Charles III "the Straightforward" offered Rollon a pact by which he was given the land of Normandy on condition that he would convert to the Christian faith and become a vassal of the French king.
This was the creation of the Duchy of Normandy. However, Rollon was only known as a count. His descendants became dukes, and later, kings of England as from 1066, the famous conquest !

Gert appropriately mentioned that Rollon is the French version of the Scandinavian name, Holfr or Rolf. Thanks Gert.

The statue was given to the city of Alesund by the French city of Rouen, capital of Normandy, in 1911 on the occasion of Normandy's millenium.
It was sculpted by Arsene Letellier.

WS. It shows you the scale of the statue, and its location in relation to Alesund belvedere "Aksla" and the steps that lead to it .

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