Watched Places

Ancient Persia

The Ancient Persian Empire

Persia

After the fall of the earliest Mesopotamian civilizations, the Persian Empire rose to become the greatest military force in the ancient world

Ancient Nigeria

The Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa

Nigeria

The cultures of West Africa created some of the most powerful empires that inhabited the sub-Saharan regions of this continent

Ancient Russia

The Ancient Russian Steppe

Russia

The Varangian seafarers who reached the heartland of Russia founded a series of Kingdoms that eventually were assimilated by the local Slavic tribes becoming the ancestral Russian people

Ancient Denmark

The Ancient World of the Vikings

Denmark

Denmark is one of the oldest kingdoms in the world and was the ancestral birthplace of the ancient seafaring warriors known as the Vikings

Ancient Scotland

The Ancient Gaelic World

Scotland

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

Ancient Canada

The Inuit and Native Cultures of Canada

Canada

The far north of Canada is home to the Inuit, one of the few ancient cultures that adapted to the remote frozen tundra of the Arctic circle, as well as many other peoples of the great boreal forests

Ancient New Zealand

The Ancient World of the Maori

NewZealand

The Polynesians settled New Zealand in the early part of this millennium and created a unique culture that flourished across vast expanses of the pacific

Ancient Iraq

The Ancient World of Mesopotamia

Iraq

The fertile crescent, Iraq is home to some of the earliest cities in the world, where writing may have first developed between the Tigris and Euphrates



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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