Watched Places

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 Turkey

The Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia

Turkey

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it was here that the some of the earliest people, the Hurrians and Hittites, formed the first European military empires

Ancient South Africa

The World of the Ancient Zulu

SouthAfrica

South Africa is home to one of the greatest warrior nations in African history, the Zulu, who forged an empire in the early 19th Century

Ancient Ireland

The Ancient Celtic World

Ireland

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 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 Indonesia

The History of the Indonesian Archipelago

Indonesia

Comprising over seventeen thousand islands, Indonesia has been a strategic center of trade since ancient times, and is home to the ancient cultures of Bali, Java and Sumatra

Ancient Sweden

The Ancient Scandinavian World

Sweden

The Ancient Swedish Vikings traveled east from there Scandinavian homelands to raid cities as far south as Byzantium and established some of the earliest trading communities on the Volga

Ancient Mexico

The Civilizations of Ancient Mesoamerica

Mexico

The Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans, Olmecs, and the other people of Mesoamerica developed the first great city states of North America in 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