History of the Hardanger Fiddle
“Map of Norge.”
Hardanger and regular fiddle
The Hardanger fiddle, or
, originated in southwest Norway
The darkened regions on
this map show where the
is used as
the principal dance
“The earliest known example [of a Hardanger
fiddle], which has only six strings altogether,
is by Ole Jonsen Jaastad of Hardanger
[Norway] and dated 1651.”
New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments.
Macmillan Press Ltd., 1984.
350 Years of Craftsmanship