The Bear Hunter Ol Tomså

Olof Elias´ Story

In 1814 a boy is born in a peat hut by a mountain lake in Brønnøy.
This is the year Norway gets its constitution.
This is my story, Olof Elias’ story.

Dates and tickets

The performance is based on the legend of the Sami bear hunter Ol Tomså, a real person who lived in the Southern parts of Helgeland between 1814 and 1895. He shot his first bear when he was only 17 years old. He was known under the name of Ol Tomså.

All together he shot 109 bears during his life. We know that he had to fight with bears at least four times. Twice he got badly injured, and once a bear nearly tore his scalp off. In the end he managed to shoot this bear.

For his bravery Ol Tomså got a gold medal from King Oscar II. The bear hunter married twice and had six children. None of the children grew up. This is part of nature.

Recommended for children from 8 years of age and older. 

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