From medieval times, history and bloody memories lingers in one of the only and longest standing cathedrals in Norway.
Once upon a time in history, the Nidarosdome was the most visited place for pilgrimage in Northern Europe and is situated in Trondheim in Norway. People came a long way to seek salvation, peace and God. In those days, Norway was a country of Catholics, having nearly rid itself with its pagan roots. A church, much more mysterious than the one today. Today the monasteries is from ancient times, turned to ruins, made to museums and stands as a memory of the power the catholic church once had of the country.
A place where the fantastical cathedrals continues its mission in a new suit is the Nidarosdome. But one can still hear the echoes of the past in the big halls and the memories of the monks still lingers in the walls.
Monks were men that gave up most of the earthly life to serve their lives in Gods service. They forsake the right to marry, have children and own properties in their name. They became anonymous, one of many. They all dressed the same as their order, in robes to hide, to look the same. Even the face could be covered. And at least on of these monk wanders the halls in the cathedral.
The Bloody Monk
The first encounter we have found on the monk haunting the Nidarosdome, comes from the month of January in 1924. It is a cold day in the city of Trondheim and the stone walls do little to keep the cold winter outside. Still, the people flock to Sunday service, now turned to a protestant church as rest of the country did so. They gathered together in the hall in prayer and song. Perhaps that is what brought the monk forward this day? A hymn sung for centuries, a prayer heard this Sunday? Was is the chanting voices? Something the monk recognized? People gathering, chanting songs and prayers as the monk themselves once did, wandering with their incense? It’s hard to know exactly what with this particular cermon that brought him out. But since then, he has been a ghost observed many times.
Marie Gleditch, wife of the bishop was the one that saw him first. She claimed she saw a figure glide through the crowd. Still with the monk robe hanging over him. This would not have been an unusual sight in medieval times, but in 1924, long after the monk orders had disbanded, this was not normal. Furthermore, Gleditch described the monk to have glowing eyes. But perhaps more striking is that he had a bloody stripe across over his throat, almost as if it was cut right through.
Since that time, the ghost of the bloody monk with glowing eyes have created headlines several times in the country. Therefore have he perhaps become one of the more famous ghosts in the country. In 1966 a guy named Jon Medbøe forward with his story. He claimed the monk chanted a song, more specific, a choir song from the middle ages. A well known melody from the composer Perotinus from 1208. Was this perhaps the song that was played in 1924? Or something similar?
Several have tried to come to the bottom of this mystery. Who was this lonely monk, still wandering the halls, chanting old forgotten songs? How did he die? Even famous Norwegian, like horror writer Andre Bjerke tried to get into the cathedral to film it, but he didn’t gain entrance. So perhaps the Nidarosdome still holds onto old traditions, more mystics and secrets we are not meant to know.
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