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History : New Club House : Colors : Hagl Rune : Oslo Open


A short version of our history.

A late autumn evening in 1992, 8 friends gathered around a table at the local restaurant "Røde Hatt" and founded Hagalaz motorcycle club.
For some time there had been several friends with motorcycles in the Godlia/Oppsal area of Oslo, some of them had been on motorcycle trips together. So why not found a motorcycle club? Four of these friends were members of a small motorcycle club/gang called "Gang of Four" - so this must be seen as Hagalaz MC's forerunner. Soon more friends joined, in a short while we were 12, and this has again grown to 15 members today.

From the founding meeting we can read in the protocols that Hagalaz MC foundations are: Motorcycle drives and trips, social gatherings, and in the future, to obtain a club house. Just one year later, in the autumn of 1993, we acquired our first club house in Rundtjernveien 36 at Hellerud here in Oslo. The house was originally a general store, we did some renovation on the place and it was our club house for more than 5 years. The club house's functions included motorcycle workshop, meeting place and location for social gatherings, we sometimes opened our doors for Parties and Open houses, where we invited our neighbors. In the autumn of 2002 we moved to bigger locations at Skøyenåsen, more precisely in Håkon Tvetersvei 8. Here we were located for 3 years, until the center was sold and we were asked to move out. The club house at Skøyenåsen never had the same ambience as our first club house at Hellerud. After a restless period without a club house we found a small location in "Postgarasjen". We have rented this location for our new club house. After renovating it, we have again found some of the same feeling we had in Rundtjernveien. We have a small motorcycle workshop area and a slightly bigger room for social gatherings and we have resurrected "Heidrun Bar" for the third time in our history.

Hagalaz is the home of several brands and types of bikes, including standard-, custom-, veteran-, touring- and speedway-bikes. The most important issue for us, is that you are comfortable with your bike, and that you love motorcycle drives and trips. An important part of our social structure is connected to drives and trips, mostly in the summer time, but also during the winter. In the spring of 1993 we bought a sami/lapp tent, called lavvo, with space for up to 12 men. The lavvo has been put to good use both in Norway and abroad. We go on daytrips and weekend drives, but each summer we go on a week long summertrip - and we have many fond memories from inns, camping grounds, boarding houses, hotels, B&B's and last but not least camping sites in the woods all around Norway. We have crossed most of the southern part of Norway on our summertrips over the years, but we also have had some great summertrips to Scotland, Denmark and Crete (with rented bikes). Most of the guys in Hagalaz can be called "food lovers" and we do not let our standards down even on trips. We have served tacos, lamb roast and other savoury dishes on our summertrips.

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COLORS.

Hagalaz MC made a decision quite late in our history too acquire colors. We are very pleased with the outcome.

Here is an illustration of Hagalaz MC's colors.

Ryggmerke

The colors is embroided with silver white tread on a black background.

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THE "HAGALAZ" RUNE.

Here are some facts and claptrap about "Hagalaz".

We have acquired a claptrap interpretation of "Hagalaz":
«If you predict in runes, then Hagalaz has properties like change, a step forward and liberation»
Values that most bikers would appreciate.

Facts:

The rune "Hagalaz" is a rune from our first alphabet, the runic alphabet - Futhark. The runic alphabet deriviate it's name after the phonetic sound of the first 6 runes:
F - U - Th - A - R - K.  

The elder futhark is divided into 3 equal sections of 8 runes, otherwise know as Aetts. The first aett is named after the norse godess of fertility, Frøy. The second aett is named after Hagl, meaning hail. The third aett is named after the norse god of war, Ty.

Runerekka Futhark

HAGALAZ is the reconstructed Proto-Germanic name of
the H-rune, meaning "hail" (the precipitation).

Germanic name: Haal (Hagalaz)
Primitive norse name: hagalaR
Norse name: Hagall
Anglo-Saxon name: Hagall (Haegl)
Icelandic name: Hagall

Older runes
The older futhark included 24 runes in a special order, their forms characterized by vertical staves and/or diagonal strokes. The earliest runic inscriptions appear c.160 on artefacts deposited in Danish lakes (now bogs), and most of the 370 known inscriptions with older runes—up until c.700—are found in Scandinavia, where they occur on weapons, jewellery (including numerous amuletic gold bracteates, mainly from Denmark), stones, and some everyday items. Texts are usually short, frequently only a name, a formulaic word, or a simple statement (e.g. the alliterative maker's formula on the gold horn from Gallehus in Jutland, Denmark). Some 35 of the 50 memorial runestones from this period come from Norway. Runes appear on the Continent in connection with the Germanic tribal migrations (3rd/4th–6th centuries), usually as singular finds, although there is a striking concentration, mainly on jewellery among grave goods, during the 6th century in southern Germany. Scandinavian inscriptions c.550/600–700 exhibit linguistic and graphic innovations and are termed transitional.

Viking Age runes
The Scandinavian language underwent great changes during the 6th and 7th centuries, and a reform of the futhark c.700 resulted in the younger runes, numbering only sixteen, many simplified in form and several representing multiple sounds. There were two initial form variants, but mixtures arose and later even a new variant: formally simplified staveless runes. The vast majority of Viking Age inscriptions are on stones, the most famous, and longest with 750 runes, from the 9th century at Rök in Östergötland, Sweden, where the text includes a stanza about Theodoric the Great and other sections in code. (Runic code usually employs the traditional tripartite division of the futhark.) A growing runestone tradition in Denmark led to the erection in the mid-10th century of two stones at Jelling in Jutland, the largest put up by King Harald Gormsson. This ornamented royal stone apparently started a fashion in Denmark, where some 220 runestones are recorded for the entire period c.700–1125. The fashion spread via the Danish provinces in present-day southern Sweden to central Sweden, especially Uppland. Over 2500 runestones, most of them clearly Christian and from the 11th or early 12th century, are known from Viking Age Sweden, where professional rune-carvers usually ornamented the stones with the outline of a serpent in which the runes were placed, and often a cross. A typical inscription runs something like: 'X erected this stone in memory of Y, his good son'.

Info on Old runes & Viking Age runes: Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages - James E. Knirk


Claptrap:

For people who wish to predict in runes, the runes has properties like - opportunity, fulfillment, intellectual conqvest and spiritual enlightenment. The rune Hagl - can represent both hail and crystal.

As mentioned earlier, if you predict with runes, Hagalaz has properties like change, new development and liberation. There is also a whole lot of other properties for this rune.

The Hagalaz rune is also connected to witches and witchcraft, the word "hachel" in "high-german" means witch, and the english word "hag" means "old witch".

There are tons of info one The Web about predicting with runes, good luck!

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OSLO OPEN MC SHOW

The autumn of 1997 was a very uneasy period for bikers in Norway, and as an impertinence we challenged Company MC to a paintball battle in the deep woods of Finnskogen. This became a great weekend trip and a proper end to that years motorcycle season. Sitting around the camp fire in the woods, where wolfs now roam, we got the idea for Oslo Open, a rally for all kind of bikes and bikers. The rest of that autumn, the whole winter and early spring was a very hectic period that ended the 9th of May and Oslo Open 1998. This was Hagalaz MC first rally. When the rally was over we could say that it had been a success, with a lot of positive feedback and a nice atmosphere. After that summer we meet up with Company MC again and decided to go for another year and Oslo Open 1999 was a reality. This evolved to Oslo Open MC Show which we coarranged with Company MC until 2005, when Company MC took over the sole responsibility for Oslo Open MC Show. We wish them good luck in the future!

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