Death of a Giant

By Christopher Bjørnsen

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Following the 2015 Wildfire in the Elaho Valley of British Columbia, media and government officials have made conflicting statements about the fate of the Elaho Giant, a Douglas Fir, and the largest known standing tree in mainland Canada.

Many had claimed that the tree had survived the fire. After some complications, we finally managed to get to the tree however, and we can sadly confirm that the giant is, in fact, dead.

The age of the tree was an estimated 1,200 years, coinciding with the first Norse (and thus European) settlement of Canada. The Elaho Giant had been significant for Úlfhéðnar for at least 400 years, and had even been instrumental to Úlfhéðnar Hirð Ein as recently as a few days prior to the fire.

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Christopher Bjørnsen

Tromsø, Norway