Watched Places

Ancient Australia

The Ancient World of the Aboriginies


One of the last regions to be colonized by Europeans, Australia remained a land isolated in time for centuries, a remote landscape where a unique Aboriginal culture flourished

Ancient Germany

The Ancient Teutonic World


Though ancient Germania was much more then one tribe united by language, the Teutonic migrations into the crumbling Roman Empire set the stage for the transformation of Europe

Ancient Argentina

The Culture and History of the Pampas


The land of the Argentine Pampas was once teaming with wildlife and a little known indigenous culture that lived in one of the world's largest grasslands

Ancient America

The World of the American Indian


Before the new world was colonized, America was an amazingly complex patchwork of Indian tribes, confederacies, and nomadic hunters, now known collectively as Native Americans

Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptian World


By the time Romans had conquered Egypt in the first century, the Pharaohs had already ruled for almost Four Thousand years

Ancient Ireland

The Ancient Celtic World


The enigmatic Celts left their most enduring stamp on Ireland, their last holdout from the migrations that pushed them to the periphery of the British Isles

Ancient Japan

The Ancient Japanese Empire


The Japanese people are the custodians of the land of the rising sun, the name they give their ancient island kingdom that straddles the far eastern edges of Asia and the north Pacific

Ancient Scotland

The Ancient Gaelic World


The Highlands, as the Scottish interior is known, is the land of William Wallace, and the heraldic Clans, and retains one of the last Gaelic cultures to survive since ancient times

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Under founding of denmark the picture of a statue is not gorm the old, but holger danske/ ogier the dane.
Holger Danske is normally regarded as a Danish national symbol. He is first mentioned in literature as one of the French king Charlemagne’s warriors in La Chanson de Roland from around 1060. In this Chanson he is called Oger le Danois, his name being the only link to Denmark. In the later epos La Chevalerie d’Ogier de Danemarche (1200-1215) he is portrayed as the main character and is described as a son of the Danish king Gudfred (d. 810), an enemy of Charlemagne.

His first appearance in Nordic literature is in the saga Karlemagnússaga from the latter part of the 1200s, which in the main consists of passages translated from French texts. His name here is given as Oddgeir danski. This saga was translated into Danish during the 1400s and thereafter Holger Danske became part of Danish folklore with several accounts in the Danish Chronicle first published around 1509.

The Danish national writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1845 wrote the fairytale Holger Danske, where he is described as sitting fast asleep in the casemates of the Castle of Kronborg, with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap, prepared to wake up to action in case of Denmark being threatened from outside forces. Today his statue can be seen in the casemates of Kronborg as described by Hans Christian Andersen.

During the German occupation of Denmark in 1940-45 one of the principal partisan organizations was named after Holger Danske.

in Ancient Denmark