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  1. I've seen news reports about the new asia-made bunads that are much cheaper, but generally I think people want to get it from norway. It's an investment symbolizing tradition and local culture, so mass-produced, cheap bunads lose the feel about them. In my eyes at least. I'm sure some get theirs cheap. IMO, if you want it cheap, buy a suit. PS: How much? 20-30 000 NOK (3-5000 USD) I guess. But as His Majesty says, it all depends on accessories (all the silver especially) and style etc etc. They can go really cheap or really expensive, and all inbetween.
  2. AFAIK, no (which means that someone might have tried to make one, but none is generally accepted or known). I don't think there is a need nor a will for such a bunad (And considering how many variations there are, and considering the extremely strong Norwegian tradition of preserving district life and culture, I don't think we'd ever be able to agree to one common design). The national dress is supposed to be anchored in tradition, so you use the same bunad (the same pattern and colors) that your ancestors did . Thus the bunad one uses these days is rarely from the area one now lives, it's usually from the area where your parents or grandparents came from (which is also a choice of practicality, as many bunads are handed down from generation to generation. They're quite expensive as almost all are handmade).
  3. Nope. Frankly, I think the male bunad looks silly. If people want to use it, that's fine and traditional, but I would never imagine myself using one.
  4. I was afraid you'd ask that . To be honest, I don't know. Some variations are extremely local. Although in general, two are from central Norway (where I come from), two are from around Oslo (I think) and the rest are from the northwest (around Molde). Ijust think bunads are really pretty, I don't put much effort into studying their origins (and it's not considered common knowledge)
  5. Indeed. Both my grandmothers, all three aunts and three (female) cousins.
  6. Ah, Trondheim

    I go back two-three times every semester. Have to stay in touch with friends and family.
  7. Maggern!!

    Whoa! Nice one
  8. New envoy from Antica

    I have, but not recently. I've been to the viking ship museum at Bygdøy here in Oslo, and I've been to the huge longhouse Lofotr up north. Both when I was young of age. Impressive structures! PS: Whoa, nice avatar!
  9. New envoy from Antica

    Beautiful!
  10. Ah, Trondheim

    I was indeed
  11. Ah, Trondheim

    Your Excellency, EVERYTHING! Well, I like the history of the town. It's always been an extremely important city in Norway, as per it's dead center location in the realm. Even the Germans in the 40s planned to build a huge city next to it ("Neue Drontheim") which would include over 250,000 people and the largest submarine base in the 3rd Reich. Today, though, what interests me is the indentity crisis facing the city. While Oslo and Bergen (both vastly bigger) hav become true European big cities and Stavanger (somewhat smaller) has become and international hub, Trondheim remains alone in its region when it comes to size (it alone contains half the population of the relevant county), and remains the third largest city in Norway. However, at the same time, it remains the main farmer's capital of Norway, most citizens being either recent immigrants from the surrounding countryside or having large parts of their family there. Thus you often see a LOT of vandalism on public property and most urban traits. It's a shame, but it's interesting. Take the example of the exhibition "The Earth from the sky", an artistic exhibition of aerial images of the Earth. It went worldwide and through some of the worst criminal capitals of the world, but Trondheim was the only city it faced vandalism (and faced some international media attention for it). The architecture is not much to brag about, except the many historic buildings. PS: I hear it's rumored to be the best city in Norway for students, as per its student facilities and culture.
  12. Question for Maggern

    Ah, now that works perfectly in Norwegian. "Frøya (or Freyja) er vår varme i kulden" in Bokmål, the Nynorsk version would be quite similar "Frøya er varmen vår i kulda". Hope it helps. I'm grateful for your understanding.
  13. Question for Maggern

    Hm, "Med Frøyas søte kjærlighet" would be a literal, though weird, translation into Bokmål, however the best one I can give with that task. Some context woud give it more meaning, as Norwegian is a very fluent language (in that the flow and structure of the sentence has much influence on how you use the words and in which forms you use them, I'm sure the Danes are the reason of that). In Nynorsk I think it would be "Med Frøya sin søte kjærleik" or something like that...I hate Nynorsk.... PS: I apologize for my weird English at times. I only have sporadic pratice for the time being, which is when I go on vacation. I haven't had an English class in six years.
  14. Maggern: A Welcoming Party in His Honour

    *By the High King's hint, Minister Maggern takes a bow towards Lady Æsleif, giving his respect, attempting to keep discreet. At completing his bow, he breaks the ice by rising, proclaiming that yesterday was his birthday, and that he turned uncomprehensibly old (23 winters). He then seats himself, realizing the mead has had an unfortunate influence on his manners*
  15. Greetings, good citizens of the Jarldom of Freyja's Necklace, and my complements to Lady Gudrun, Jarla of Freyja's Necklace. By information from your honored High King Harald, I must compliment you on naming a city 'Trondhjem'. Being a formal citizen of real-life Trondheim, I'm very much honored that my city has been represented in micronationalism. Sincerely, Minister Maggern of Antica.
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