Sterling Silver - 14K Gold Vermeil
Circular pendant (20mm diameter) with man and woman motif.
One "Hoop Lock" is included in the price. Attach it to a necklace, bracelet, or earring you already own or find a new favourite in our collection.
The Story Behind the Design
In 1043, in Husaby (Southwest of Oslo), Hallvard Vebjørnsson became a local trader traveling for business.
One day, as he was preparing to row his boat across the Drammen Fjord, a young pregnant woman ran towards him while begging him to take her with him as she was being pursued by three men.
He accepted, in order to protect her, but the three men, unhappy about the situation, shot three arrows that struck Hallvard in the neck and killed him.
To hide the evidence, the men sank the pregnant woman and buried her on the shore, tossed Hallvard’s body into the water after tying a millstone around his neck.
Once found by worried friends, his body got properly buried near his home.
In the mid 14th century, the city os Oslo adopted Hallvard as its patron saint and devised a coat of arms depicting his murder.
The version presented on this manhole cover shows him sitting on a lion throne, holding the three lethal arrows in one hand and the millstone in the other while the nude woman he attempted to save is laying at his feet.