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SØR-TRØNDELAG PROVINCE

Arms of Sør-Trøndelag

Official blazon

I gull to korslagte røde økser belagt med en rød korsstav.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on December 9, 1983.

The arms are based on the seal of Gaute Ivarsson, the archbishop of Trondheim from 1475-1510. The same symbols were used on the cois of the archdiocese at the time. The symbols, two halbards and a cross, probably symbolise his power as a local ruler and as archbishop. Another theory states that the halbards are derived from the Norwegian national arms and symbolise the national patron saint, St. Olaf, making all symbols of religious origin. This is further emphasised as on the original seal the above arms wer shown below a throne with St. Olav.

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The seal of Gaute Ivarsson from ca 1500

In the 19th century the governor of the region, which is now Sør Trøndelag province used a seal with a divided shield showing in the upper part the Norwegian Arms and in the lower a wall, which is based on the arms of the city of Trondheim.

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The seal of the governor of the region in 1844.

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Literature : Capellen and Johannessen, 1987.