The Viking Age is a tough act to follow for excitement in Norway. Watching a 12-hour marathon of wood burning is what goes for entertainment these days.
Norwegian public TV is broadcasting a hot program, if you like to watch wood burn for 12 hours that is.
The NRK woodathon features firewood specialists providing commentary and advice on subjects such as chopping, stacking and burning the wood.
The transmission, entitled Hel Ved, also features music and poetry.
The head of programming at NRK, Rune Moeklebust, described it as “slow but noble television”.
“We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems,” he said.
You can also see it here. Hurry or you’ll miss it.
Actually, it is a little hypnotic to watch. It could be soothing except for the underlying weirdness and occasional creepiness of it. For all the poetry and music, there is a disquieting anticipation that some Viking ghost will show up with an axe at any moment.
I suppose you have to be Norwegian to really enjoy it.
“Fire is the reason we’re here, if there was no firewood, we couldn’t live in Norway, we’d freeze.”
All fires go out eventually. Good luck Norway.