Edited to change the photos of Sinnataggen and the Monolith - all photos are now mine.
Still not quite up to tackling the whole Norse Mythology thing! So I will write about one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oslo, the Vigeland Park. The park has 214 statues (mainly of naked human bodies) by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. (Actually, Norwegians refer to the park as Frogner Park but in English it is often called the Vigeland Park after the sculptor.) It is actually the most visited tourist attraction in the whole country. It is also a favorite hangout for locals who come to barbecue, play sports, sunbathe, or simply relax.
Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) started creating the sculptures and the accompanying cast iron gates in 1905 and worked on it for 20 years, but the park wasn't completed until 1950.
There are five distinct areas with sculptures: the main gate, the bridge, the wheel of life, the fountain, and the Monolith. The main gate is an imposing structure made out of cast iron. There are several other cast iron gates throughout the park. The bridge has a series of cast iron human figures. The fountain is made out of cast iron, while the Monolith and its surrounding figures are granite.
View from the bridge towards the Monolith:
The sculptures are wonderful and depict all stages of life, from birth to death. One of the most popular statues can be found among the cast iron statues on the bridge, Sinnataggen (which loosely translates to "little angry boy"):
Vigeland sculpted the figures out of clay and then had professional craftsmen make them into granite or cast iron sculptures. The figures are all larger than "real people", but not by a lot.
The most famous sculpture is the Monolith. "The Monolith towers 14.12 meters (46.32 ft) high and is comprised of 121 human figures rising toward heaven. This is meant to represent man’s desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine. It portrays a feeling of togetherness as the human figures embrace one another as they are carried toward salvation." (Wikipedia.) Visitors always seem to point out its somewhat phallic qualities but having grown up seeing the monument that never occurred to me!
Part of the bridge:
One of the gates with the Monolith in the background:
Detail from the gate, seen from the back:
The river and the Children's Park: