Frøyningsfjell drum

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A drawing of the drum, by Ernst Manker (1950)
The drum has 50 pieces of leather that are fastened underneath the drum. 134 pieces of metal are fastened to those leather pieces. (Picture by Meininger Museen
Picture by Meininger Museen (year 2014)

The Frøyningsfjell drum ('Frøynings-mountain drum'),[1] sometimes called the Folldal drum, is a famous drum that was taken from Sami people of Norway in 1723. In 2023, it came back to Norway.[2] It is on display at Saemien Sijte, a museum in Trøndelag.[3]

The drum has its origion in the mountains between Namsskogan and Høylandet in Namdalen in county Trøndelag. Place names here are Frøyningsfjellet and Folldalen.

History: The drum has been [owned or] held by Meininger Museum since 1837.[3] In 2023 the Meininger Museum gave the drum back to the Sami people.

The drum have been owned and used by a Sami shaman. It is not a musical instrument, but it looks like one, according to Dr. Philipp Adlung.[4]

The drum (to the left) was on display in a place at Meininger Museum's Schloss Elisabethenburg that shows part of the history of music. (The picture is from 2009, and the drum was given away in 2023.)

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