Yes, it is indeed I. But just to clear something up, I am not technically "from" Norway. I was born and raised in Montana, moved to Norway from Seattle, lived there apprx. 10 years before I moved here to Israel, where I have been residing for the past 5 years. At any rate, regarding the statue. It is, in fact, still in Ålesund. It stands in the city's Municipal Park ("Byparken"). The Ålesund tourist bureau says of the Municipal Park: "The Municipal Park (Byparken) contains a statue of Rollo, a gift from the city of Rouen in 1911: This viking chieftain is believed to come from the island of Giske near Ålesund, and he is attributed the honour of founding the Duchy of Normandy in 911, thus being the ancestor of Wilhelm the Conqueror. The park also has a stone monument of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II who made major contributions to the rebuilding of Ålesund after the Great Fire in 1904."
It might also interest you to note that the Norwegians do not use the name "Rollo" for this viking. They use the name "Gangerolv".
Also, if you want to search some data bases at the Ålesund College to see if you might be able to find some additional info on Rollo/Gangerolv, try this web site and click to see the English version:
Hope you and everyone on the list are doing well these days. I must get busy - still working on that book I've been translating from Norwegian to English.
My best to you always,
Kristin A. Hussein
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