5. Sørhelltjernet, Nord-Aurdal

The Bell Stones at Sørhella

Type: Stones connected to legends
Local name: Klukkarsteinadn

County: Innlandet
Municipality: Nord-Aurdal
Location: Steinsetbygdvegen, near Sørhelltjernet

From Fagernes you will find the stones on the west side of Steinsetbygdvegen, about three km from the exit to Leirin Airport. 300 meters from a cattle grid by the pond Sørhella, a road turns off westwards, and north of this cross several boulders are clearly visible. (On norgeskart.no and other maps ‘Klukkarstein’ is erroneously marked 150 meters north of the right location)

Ten to eleven large boulders, partly covered by vegetation, are located by the road. The blocks are up to four meters high and cover an area of approximately 10 x 12 meters.

Cultural history and tradition
This is not one boulder, but several, and they are referred to in the plural, as Klukkarsteinadn. They have several legends attached to them, and common to the legends is that they are about the Skrautvål Church, since this area previously belonged to Skrautvål parish. It is said that the church bells from Skrautvål can be heard all the way here, especially when the weather allows it. Kari Borgny Fjelltun has collected the legends, which are reproduced in the book Skrautvål sokn synna skogen.

One of the legends says that the stones move when the bells ring for mass in the Skrautvål Church. The reason is that a troll exploded in this place. The troll, who may have come from Søljehøvda, was on its way to the Skrautvål Church, but when it almost reached Sørhellbekken (The Brook Sørhell) the sun rose, and thus the troll cracked and was turned into many large stones. Another legend is about a girl from Raneisbygda who was taken by the Huldre people (underearthly beings) next to some large boulders by Sørhellbekken (The Brook Sørhell). To save the girl, the people from the village rang the church bells from the Skrautvål Church, and they rang so loud that the boulders cracked and became the stones that lie there today. A third version says that a bridal procession on the way to the church in Skrautvål was bewitched at this place, and everyone were turned into stones. ‘In the rocks one should see the bride and groom, and also count how many guests were in the bridal procession. When the church bells ring, you can still see that the stones are moving, maybe to escape from the enchantment “, writes Kari Borgny Fjelltun. Another informant says that the largest of the stones was the priest, while the smaller stones were the congregation.

Sources: Kari Borgny Fjelltun, Knut Aastad Bråten and Gard og bygd i Nord-Aurdal Band B, Skrautvål sokn synna skogen (Valdres Bygdeboks forlag 2012), page 62.

All stones (blue icons with sound, green without):