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given name Olav
the name of Saint Olav, patron of Norway, has also been borne by
a number of other Norwegian kings. Conventions of spelling remain
quite fluid, with Norwegian predominantly using Olav,
and Swedish most often using Olaf
I of Norway
(969 – September 9, 1000)
II of Norway,
Saint Olav, king 1015–1028
III of Norway,
IV of Norway,
king 1370 – August 23, 1387
V of Norway,
( 995 – July 29 1030), king from 1015–1028, called
during his lifetime the
and afterwards known as Saint
was born in the year in which Olaf Tryggvasson came to Norway.
His father was Harald Grenske, great-grandchild of Harald I
some years' absence in England, fighting the Danes, he returned
to Norway in 1015 and declared himself king, obtaining the
support of the five petty kings of the Uplands. In 1016 he
defeated Earl Sweyn, hitherto the virtual ruler of Norway, at the
Battle of Neaje, and within a few years had won more power than
had been enjoyed by any of his predecessors on the throne.
had annihilated the petty kings of the South, had crushed the
aristocracy, enforced the acceptance of Christianity throughout
the kingdom, asserted his suzerainty in the Orkney Islands, had
humbled king Olof Skötkonung of Sweden and was for some time
engaged to his daughter, the princess of Sweden, Ingegerd
Skötkonung without his approval, and had conducted a
successful raid on Denmark.
his success was short-lived, for in 1029 the Norwegian nobles,
seething with discontent, rallied round the invading Knut the
Great, and Olaf had to flee to Kievan Rus. During the voyage he
stayed some time in Sweden in the province of Nerike where,
according to local legend, he baptized many locals. On his return
a year later, seizing an opportunity to win back the kingdom
after Knut the Great's vassal Håkon Jarl was lost at sea,
he fell at the Battle of Stiklestad, where his own subjects were
arrayed against him.
succeeding years of disunion and misrule under the Danes explain
the belated affection with which his countrymen came to regard
him. The cunning and cruelty which marred his character were
forgotten, and his services to his church and country remembered.
Miracles were allegedly worked at his tomb, and his own death had
peculiar circumstances (such as his hair and nails continuing to
grow after he was dead). This was why he became canonized by Pope
Alexander III in 1164. Some say that there is no proof of this,
that he was never canonized (which is the case with many of the
so-called canonized saints from this time and earlier; Neither
Mary or any of the Apostles are formally canonized, for
example.), and rather informally accepted as the patron saint of
Norway, when his fame spread throughout Scandinavia and even to
England, where churches are dedicated to him. The Norwegian order
of Knighthood of Saint Olaf was founded in 1847 by Oscar I, king
of Sweden and Norway, in memory of this king. He is called Rex
eternal King of Norway.
only country which keeps July 29th as a holiday are the Faroe
Islands, see Ólavsøka.
Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private
liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. It was founded in
1874 by a group of Norwegian-American immigrant pastors and
farmers, led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college is named
after Olaf II of Norway, former king and patron saint of Norway.
average of six St. Olaf students are awarded the Fulbright
Scholarship each year. Additionally, the college has produced
nine Rhodes Scholars since 1910, including two in 2007.
Olaf ranks as one of the top 20 small colleges (those with 5,000
or fewer students) for the number of students who go on to serve
in the Peace Corps.
Olaf College is listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change
to current U.S. News and World Report rankings, St. Olaf College
is the #47 liberal arts college in the United States. St. Olaf
ranks 8th overall among baccalaureate colleges in the number of
graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees, placing first in
mathematics and statistics, second in education and
religion/theology, third in art/music and physical sciences and
fourth in chemistry and foreign languages.
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