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Hornindal, Sogn og Fjordane (Norway)

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[Flag of Hornindal] image by Tomislav Šipek, 22 February 2017

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Here is flag and coat of arms of Hornindal. Administrative center is Grodås.
Tomislav Šipek, 09 December 2015

Coat of Arms

[COA of Hornindal]image by Tomislav Šipek, 09 December 2015

Blazon: På blå grunn tre sølv ljåblad, 1-1-1. In English: Azure three scythe blades fesswise in pale.
Approved by the royal resolution of 7 August 1987., after a drawing by Petter Eide. [c2j88]
According to the municipal web site the reason for the choice of scythe blades is because the municipality had a large numbers of smith and their scythe production was well known in wider region. It is said that there was not unusual that there was some 200 smiths in the municipality. A concurrent proposal for the municipal symbol were three fiddles on green, for the strong fiddle production, but this [current design] was chosen eventually.
Željko Heimer, 12 December 2015

I think the people of Bø i Telemark might not have like that much. On 19 November of the same year, they decided on: Red, three gold fiddles, thus Hornindal could have disturbed a selection process that was well on its way.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 March 2016

Eight turn-knobs, eight strings?! Thatís twice more than a normal fiddle / violin has, or am I wrong?
António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 March 2016

They are indeed fiddles, not violins, to be precise, they are Hardanger fiddles. The major characteristic of Hardanger fiddles, which distinguishes it from other fiddles, is that they have a set of  (normally four) resonator strings below the bowed strings. Because of this they require twice as many knobs, and indeed have twice as many strings.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 March 2016