Handwritten label: G.G. Strommen. A Hardanger fiddle (Norwegian: hardingfele) is very similar to the violin, though with eight or nine strings and thinner wood. Four of the strings are strung and played like a violin, while the rest, named understrings or sympathetic strings, resonate under the influence of the other four. The Hardingfele is used for dancing or it was also traditional for the fiddler to lead the bridal procession to the church. The instrument often is highly decorated, with a carved animal (usually a dragon or the Lion of Norway) or a carved woman's head as part of the scroll at the top of the pegbox, extensive mother-of-pearl inlay on the tailpiece and fingerboard, and black ink decorations called 'rosing' on the body of the instrument. Originally, the instrument had a rounder, narrower body. Around the year 1850, the modern layout with a body much like the violin became the norm.