Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ABC Wednesday - E is for, well, myself.

Some of those who follow this blog will now what the last E in my "signature" stands for. Norwegians will know what it means, but for people outside Scandinavia I suspect that the meaning is not self-evident. It may also be hard to pronounce for some, though the Germans and the Dutch have no problems. I'll spare you all the variants that I have heard in the UK, US and other English-speaking countries.

It is like many Norwegian names based on local geography - it means an isthmus. Wikipedia defines it like this:

An isthmus is a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas.
In the coastal part of Norway it is a fairly common surname. Anyone who has seen a map of Norway can readily understand why. Below is a map of the particular area where my name comes from - Ostereidet.

This particular isthmus separates the two fjords Osterfjorden og Hindenesfjorden and is situated North-East of Bergen - about an hour's drive by car. It is in the municipality of Lindås and is a typical little village with a couple of shops, petrol station, school and a church. And of course some hundred inhabitants in the immediate area.

My father was born here, and here is where we have our summer cottage. I also have a number of cousins living in the area. It is my roots.

This picture shows the view from the highest point on the road (Leitet) across the istmus and features Osterfjorden and Ostereidet itself with the old quay which used to be the centre for all transportation, and for most other activities too, in "the old days".

If you want to have a look at Hindenesfjorden, just turn around and walk a couple of kilometres and you may see something like this.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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51 comments:

Carolina said...

Oh those photos are just beautiful! Makes you wish it was spring or summer yet! Ah well...
Nice E-post! (how did you make the letters on the sign red? clever!)

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

ooooh Rune E, Yeh that E is for you and your great Norway blog I LOVE your photography!!!

Happy ABC
from JoAnn's D Eyes/Holland

www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Deslilas said...

Wonderful landscape !

GAWO said...

Fikk litt lEngsel mot vår etter å ha sett de fine bildene dine.

De som kikker innom deg kan lære litt av hvert. Ja det ha jeg jo sagt mange ganger før. :-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think the history of family names is extremely interesting, probably much easier if your family has lived in an area for generation.

So how do you pronounce Eide?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Forgot to say two things:
1. Glad you're feeling better.
2. MY ABC Wednesday post is at
More of Me - EG

Ackworth born said...

I'd probably pronounce eide to rhyme with need the same as the Islamic festival of Eid and I'm probably wrong.
Never could get my tongue around the pronounciation of isthmus.

Whilst sailboats don't generally use canals, in theory you probably could reach the Irish sea via the canal network one way or another.

Jeni said...

Since I'm American, it may take a bit more before the explanation about the E sinks in -I'm a bit daft at times. However, I have to inform you that you no longer have just one admirer here in my household. My daughter loves your pictures too -especially the one of your father's home area and that fjord. She wants to know if we can please go there? Would that we could! Or to dream, huh? But truly beautiful, that is what that is!

Anne-Berit said...

Flott innlegg du har laget her med fine bilder og god tekst.Arti med den forklaringa på E-en i navnet ditt.Nydelig plass dere har hytte på.

Mamapippa said...

These pictures are wonderful !

Reader Wil said...

What a wonderful place to live! I've always loved the fjords and fjells of Norway. I am so glad you feel better now and I hope it'll stay that way. So your surname is really Norwegian. Mine is really Dutch, but my husband's surname is really French. My daughters look a bit like French girls.
Thanks for comment and funny story! Yea, some flies can be very alarming! Don't forget the mozzies in the north of Norway. You can use them as a secret weapon.LOL

naturglede said...

Fint med en forklaring:) Ha en fin abc:)

ChrisC and JonJ said...

What a beautiful countryside.My father is Canadian,but of Norwegian ancestry.I would love to visit Norway,someday.

david mcmahon said...

Great explanation, Rune. Thank you.

Been AWOL for a few days, but I've enjoyed scrolling through your recent posts - especially the hospital shot and the one before that!

John said...

Meget flott utført post for E, Rune.
Du får vel Statens veivesen på nakken nå etter å ha malt på skiltet :)

Ivar Ivrig said...

Oi, nå fikk jeg lyst på sommer. Ser ut til å være en vakker plass i solen :-)

Abe Lincoln said...

Excellent photos and explanation of your roots. Hope you are also feeling better.

Abraham Lincoln
Backyard birds

Janie said...

What a lovely place to have your ancestral roots.
Beautiful photos, and it's interesting to learn how the name is derived.

Granny Smith said...

This reminds me of just how breathtakingly beautiful Norway can be! How wonderful that your roots are there. Otto and I have been only travelers in that part of the world.

RuneK said...

En superpost dette her Rune :) Nydlige bilder!

(Glad du liker litt "tørr" humor, hehe)

PERBS said...

I figured the E was for your last name. . . what an interesting background. Gorgeous photos and a great map to help me understand more about your origins. This is a super post!

I came by earlier and you had no new post up so I was disappointed until I tried again!

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Babooshka said...

Fascinating. Gary my other half used to has his geology degree so I know all about the geology of my island. Gorgeous landscape again.

D Herrod said...

Very interesting.

Neva said...

What great information. You come from a very lovely part of the world and are lucky you can still go and visit.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, how beautiful. Paradise. Spectacular!

Dina said...

Ah, so that's where your E comes from. What a beautiful place to be rooted in.

Petunia said...

Jeg fikk et skrikende behov for sol og sommer etter disse bildene her. (Ikke en avislesende snømann i hagen).
Et vakkert sted og du har beskrevet det så flott med dine ord og bilder.
Hold deg tørr på bena så du ikke blir syk igjen;)

photowannabe said...

Your pictures look like heaven on earth. Simply beautiful. A great explaination of the name and your land.

ArneA said...

Greetings from Oslo

raf said...

Thanks for this post about your E, Rune! Yes, I've wondered.

Malyss said...

My surname before I got married was the name of the italian place where my ancestors were living .
I like the idea that in a name, there is the history of a country and of a family, through generations...And you can be proud of your roots, what a delightful landscape, so peaceful, among nature..If you go on to show us such pictures , you'll have a very high level of tourists next summer!!:-)

Miss_Yves said...

Very interesting explanations, with wonderful landscapes, as usual !
I'm very happy to see you again, in a better health:the post below is a great lesson of
Energy !

Ida said...

Det finnes mange Eide i vårt langstrakte land. Ett på øya her også. Ditt Eide er ett vakkert sted! :)
Flotte bilder.

Ha en fin dag!

Life with Kaishon said...

Such beautiful pictures. I LOVE your entry this week. So pretty!

Jay said...

You live in a very beautiful place! Such lovely blues and greens. Very restful!

Dulce said...

I'm curious to know how to pronunciate Eide, I believe it's not an easy pronunciation :-)
The photos of where you were born are just beautiful.
Have a nice week

Dragonstar said...

Such a beautiful place - idyllic!

nonizamboni said...

Incredible photos and I appreciate the info about your name and Norway. I'd say your family's summer cottage resides in Eden.
Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

How beautiful the light is on the gorgeous shots ..great work :0)

Meredith Teagarden(The Things we Carried) said...

Ah, now I know.

It is SO beautiful there!

Grace and Bradley said...

It is really beautiful and so peaceful.

Merisi said...

Brilliant photo essay and background story, thank you for sharing it with us!

Congratulations on winning a spot on David's Authorblog "Post of the Day"!

Kate said...

Your commentary on names is fascinating. Here's some other guy's interpretation:

Juliet:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."


Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Sandi McBride said...

How wonderful, this is my second visit to Norway today...I must say Thank you to David...congrats on the Post of the Day comment...I love learning about other countries. Norway is fantastic!
Sandi

Dick said...

It seems to be a very nice place, Norway is beautiful, we were there a few years ago.

Susie of Arabia said...

Wow, Rune - you are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place - lovely photos! Found your blog through David's POD.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this was really interesting - i would never have guessed that your last name was related to a place

Anna said...

A most interesting and enjoyable post for the letter E. Beautiful photos which make me all the more determined to return to Norway, which I have visited on just the one occasion to date.

mge said...

Norway is such a beautiful country. I hope i can go for a visit soon.

Great shots.

Anonymous said...

Googla Ostereidet, og fann desse fantastiske bildena! NO LENGTAR EG HEIM!!!