Stadsbygd and Its People | Stadsbygd og
Stadsbygd (pronounced "STAHS-bygd in the local dialect)
is a rural community in Sør-Trøndelag (South Trøndelag), central
Norway, comprising about 1,500 people. It is located at the southern end of the
Fosen peninsula on the northern side of Trondheimsfjorden. This web site
is dedicated to this ancient and beautiful place and to its people in
Stadsbygd to southeast from Bliksåskammen, June 2003 (Photo courtesy of Børge Solem)
Stadsbygd parish (prestegjeld) included what today is known as
Stadsbygd, Rissa and Hasselvika on the north side of the fjord (now in Rissa
kommune) and Lensvik and Ingdalen on
the south side (now in Agdenes kommune).
In the past, it had a broader application. The rissværing, Johan
Bojer, used staværinger in
his classic 1921 novel, Den siste viking
(published in English as The Last of the
Vikings) for the fishing people of Sør-Trøndelag generally, including his
beloved Rissa. In an unpublished 1958
letter, he said he was following Lofoten speech (Lofoten is the prime cod
fishing ground off northwestern
Stadsbygd is located at 63.5° North latitude (similar to Denali/Mt. McKinley in
is today part of the Rissa kommune in Sør-Trøndelag fylke
(kommune is normally translated as “municipality” and fylke
as “county,” however, in the
gets its name from Staðr or Stað (Old Norse spelling), the old (pre-1500) name
for the southernmost point of Fosen which extends out into Trondheimsfjord and
around which ships must pass on their way from
Most of what I know about Stadsbygd and staværinger comes from visits in 1986, 2001 and 2003 to Stadsbygd; from the novels of Johan Bojer, who wrote from his knowledge of the lives of people in the district; and most especially from books written by my late 3rd cousin (firmenning), Kristoffer Rein, Stadsbygd: Ei bok om bygda og folket fra fjern fortid og fram til 1980-åra (a four-volume history or bygdebøker of the farms of Stadsbygd since the Reformation, published between 1981 and 1988) and, with Kjell Dahle, Stadsbygd Sparebank: Bank og bygd i 100 år (a history of the township and its bank, published in 1992).
Stadsbygd kirke, March 2001 (Photo by Dennis Haarsager)
the case in most rural communities around the world that have been settled for
centuries, staværinger are interrelated. If you can trace an ancestor to
Stadsbygd, the chances are excellent that we are at least distantly related.
Thanks to Kristoffer's bygdebøker and help from several other staværinger
Important note! Nearly every staværing
is also a rissværing – a person with ties to Rissa. The long-awaited second volume of Rissa farm
and family history is shipping. Rissa
Kommune is now taking orders for Volume 2, a 420-page book with more than 200
illustrations written by Terje Bratberg.
The main farms covered in this volume are Langseter, Dørndal (Dyrendahl)
and Sund. Each of these includes many
smaller farms – in fact, some 430 farms, houses, small-holdings and
cotters’ places! Click for ordering
details in English and norsk (the book is available only på norsk).
Subsequent volumes will be issued at approximately one-year
intervals. The books are being offered
at a discount for advanced orders of upcoming volumes – an especially
good deal when you consider that many
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This site was updated 5 juli 2004. visits since 29 august 1998.