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Mellem Fjeld (Me-Fjell)


The name Fjell means mountain/hill/rock and accurately describes the location of the Fjell farms.

The Fjell farms are mountain farms with a view overlooking Breien, Hestekind, Bjørnødegard and Tonsåsen. They were once one unit, owned by the King of Denmark and Norway and operated by the Church of Aurdal.

Fjell was actually used as summer pastures for the Aurdal Church Farms. Mattis Olsson worked for the Prest in Aurdal who, at that time, was Peder Hansen Colding, originally from Denmark. Mattis and his descendants gradually took over the property, but the farm was divided into three units (Nord-Fjell, Sø-Fjell and Me-Fjell) and other families came in.

Like the other two Fjell farms Me-Fjell was empty from the time of the "Black Death" until 1590 or so. The farm was Krongods from the time after the "Black Death".

Between 1620 and 1700 Me-Fjell had the same owner as both Nord-Fjell and Sø-Fjell. Håkon Bjørnson sold half of the farm in 1725 and Gunder Ås sold the other half in 1753 to the leaseholders. Among the early leaseholders were Erik Me-Fjell. He paid skattene for the farm in 1599-1600. Peder Me-Fjell was here from at least 1612 until the 1630s. Halvor Me-Fjell was the leaseholder in the 1630s and Pål Me-Fjell in the 1640s.

Sources: Gard og Bygde i Etnedal Book C, page 99

 

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