July 3, 2011

Stockholm Trivia

We are often asked what the sculpture in the fountain in front of the Rival Hotel is supposed to depict. The sculpture is called "Tors Fiske" (Thor Fishing) and was created by sculptor Anders Wissler and raised in 1903. It depicts the Norse god Thor raising his hammer Mjölner to do battle with Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent. This battle was described in The Prose Edda, an Icelandic collection of tales of Nordic mythology. The fountain is in the center of the Mariatorget square (where the hotel is located) and a popular place for the locals to meet on a warm summer day...

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