Watched Places

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

Ancient South Africa

The World of the Ancient Zulu


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 Philippines

The Ancient Philippine Archipelago


The more then seven thousand islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago are home to one of the most diverse cultural regions of the ancient southeast Asian world

Ancient Russia

The Ancient Russian Steppe


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 Hungary

The Ancient Huns and Magyars


The masters of the Steppe, the Huns blazed a trail into Europe early in the first Millennium to become one of the most powerful tribes of central Europe

Ancient Persia

The Ancient Persian Empire


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

Ancient France

The Ancient World of the Gauls and Franks


From Clovis, the legendary first King of France, to the brutal Gallic Wars fought against Caesar's Rome, the world of ancient France is a fascinating chapter in the history of early Europe

Ancient Denmark

The Ancient World of the Vikings


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

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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