When you exit the church gate by the memorial, and look up, you will see Tora Mosterstong standing on a small hill, peering out to sea. The statue looks as though she is waiting for the return of her royal son from his last battle.
The bronze statue is more than just a memorial to Tora Mosterstong, the mother of Haakon Haraldsson Adalsteinsfostre, who became known as Haakon the Good. It is also meant as a celebration of all the women who have played vital roles throughout history – even though the written history gives them far too little credit.
The statue is made by Arne Mæland from Os and was unveiled by actress Agnete G. Haaland.
Since 2009, the Tora Seminar has awarded the annual Tora Mosterstong Prize to contemporary women who have made important contributions. Winners include: Hanne Sofie Greve, former judge at the International Court of Justice and at the European Court of Human Rights; Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway; Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg, Minister Administration and Consumer Affairs, and President of the International Red Cross; Anne Randine Øverby, founder and Director of Opera Bergen; Sunniva Gylver, Lutheran Pastor and TV host; and Ingvill Konradsen Ceide, founder of Project Haiti.
These prize-winners have exhibited courage, strength, concern for human rights, compassion and care for the needy, the strengthening of culture, and the building of society.
<På engelsk har jeg tilføyd forklaringer på hvem de ulike prisvinnerne er. Dette er både nødvendig og interessant for den engelske leser.>