Folke Filbyter on a Horse

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FOLKE FILBYTER ON A HORSE
Carl Milles
1927, Bronze

Carl Milles was inspired by Nobel Prize winning author Verner von Heidenstam’s book The Tree of the Folkungs which included the legend of Folke Filbyter. Filbyter’s saga takes place in Medieval Sweden during a struggle between heathens and Christians. Monks kidnapped his grandson and Filbyter spent 25 years searching for him. The sculpture shows him as an old man near the end of his search, on his horse crossing a stream.