22 Route 3. TINOSET. From Hougsund
Norwegian 'stavekirker' relegate them to the 12th cent., the capi¬
tals of the pillars and the mouldings almost exactly corresponding,
so far as the difference of material allows, to the details of Anglo-
Norman architecture at the same period (Fergusson). They are con¬
structed, like block-houses, of logs laid horizontally above each other
and kept in position by strong corner-posts. The walls are sur¬
mounted by a lofty roof, the artistic construction of which was ori¬
ginally left open to view in the interior, though now, as in this case,
often concealed by the interposition of a plain ceiling. The quadran¬
gular nave is adjoined by a semicircular choir. Round the exterior
of the building runs a low arcade (Lop), probably added as a pro¬
tection against snow and cold; the lower part is closed, while the
upper part is open and supported by small columns. Above the
roof of this arcade appear the windows of the aisles, over which
rises the nave, surmounted by a square tower with a slender spire.
The windows of the aisle are an innovation, the original design
having only small air-holes in their place. The capitals of the
pillars, the doors and door-frames, and other suitable parts of the
edifice are embellished with elaborate and fantastic carvings, re¬
presenting entwined dragons, intermixed with foliage and figures.
The projections from the ridges of the roof and gables are also
carved in grotesque forms. The church of Hitterdal has been re¬
cently restored. The old episcopal chair at the back of the altar
should be noticed. The key (Neglen) is obtained in the parsonage,
opposite the entrance to the church.
The road from Hitterdal to Tinoset is tolerably level the whole
way. The gaards of Bamle and Kaasa are passed. To the left the
Himingen and the Haeksfjeld long remain conspicuous. To the
right rises the Kjeivingfjeld (2265 ft.), which our road skirts
towards the N., while the road to Hjaerdal (p. 26) diverges to the
left. We now ascend the course of the 0rvalla, a small river which
has forced its way through huge masses of debris, overgrown with
pines and firs. The road crosses the river several times. At the
'Plads' Bakken, 23 Kil. from Notodden, the horses are rested. The
road from Grandsherred and Bolkesje (p. 21) joins ours on the
right, 5 Kil. farther on. After 6 Kil. more we reach —
34 Kil. f Tinoset (Kaali's Inn, close to the steamboat-pier,
often full, R. 1 kr. 60, S. 1 kr. 20 e.), a group of scattered houses
at the S. end of the Tinsj«, a small lake, about 22 Engl. M. long and
1-1'/2 M. in width, enclosed by barren and precipitous mountains.
A small screw-steamboat plies on the lake 3-4 times a week (see
p. 19) between Tinoset and Sigurdsrud at the N. end. Fare 2 kr.;
hire of the whole steamer on its disengaged days 28 kr. Small
boat to Strand 13 kr. 60 e.
TheTinsjei on the whole resembles the Spirillen, but the banks
are even lower then those of that lake. The steamer calls at two
intermediate stations, Sanden (to the left) and Hovin (to the right).