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Valle, Aust-Agder (Norway)

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[Flag of Tvedestrand] image by Tomislav Šipek, 9 February 2017

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The Flag

Here is flag and coat of arms of Valle.
Tomislav Šipek
, 9 February 2017

Coat of Arms

[COA of Tvedestrand]image by Tomislav Šipek, 25 January 2016

Blazon: På raud grunn fem gull Andreas-krossar, 2-1-2. In English: Gules five saltires couped or in saltire.
Approved by the royal resolution of 11 May 1984 after a drawing by Daniel Rike from Valle (who also made a number of other municipal arms, as the municipal site seems to boast).
Sources: [c2j87] and
The saltires were inspired by diagonal beams forming construction and decoration in old Norse wooden churches, especially decorating the railings of the second floor balconies. Hylestad church that stood in the town, is renown for its portal. The saltires also come often in design of the so called Satesdal sweaters.
Željko Heimer, 28 January 2016

They are proud of the success of their fellow Valle-rian, no doubt.
Though the Hylestad stave church no longer exists, Heddal stave church does. It's probably similar, and still shows these saltires here.
Hylestad Stave Church. OTOH Hylestad Church still stands today. The stave church is well-know for the two portal board that still remain and that show seven key scenes from the story of Sigurd Fafnirbane, part of the Volsung Saga. (Wagner fans may know the story as the Ring of the Nibelung, and the hero as Siegfried.)
Well, in a way Hylestad Church is known for them as well, for though the originals are in a museum in Oslo, copies are present in Hylestad Church. [I can't recall whether they were used as portal boards though. And anyway it was decades ago; they may well have moved them.]
("Setesdal": It's the old district around Valle, the dale the river Otra runs through.)
Yeah, I read it like that as well, but having thought it over I'd go for "as a part of", rather than "part of the time". "The saltires also form a part of the design of the so called Setesdal sweaters." )' E.g. here's a nice one.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 January 2016