Both the ancient Gulating law and king Magnus the Law Mender declared that the sails of defensive ships should be stored in churches during winter.
The Oseberg sail has to be stored in the dark, somewhere dry, safe and cool. So what could be more natural than to adhere to these old laws? Even though the Oseberg ship is older than Christianity in Norway, it is quite likely that the same rules applied then, in houses of pagan worship.
Therefore, the New Oseberg Ship Foundation contacted leaders Øystein Eilertsen and Steinar Høiback at the local church council, and immediately received their enthusiastic permission to store the sail in the tower of Tønsberg's cathedral during the winter.
Elle Bjønnes, who was in charge of weaving the sail, will look after this valuable piece of Viking handicraft while it remains in the church tower.
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