Watched Places

Ancient Sweden

The Ancient Scandinavian World


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 Spain

The Ancient Celtiberian World


The Celtiberians were the original inhabitants of Spain, and were a mixture of of a Celtic and indigenous Iberian people with a distinct early European culture

Ancient Canada

The Inuit and Native Cultures of 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 England

The Ancient Cultures of Britain


The island of Brittania, as it was known to the ancients, is home to ancient monoliths like Stonehenge and the ruins of Roman Cities
and later Anglo-Saxon settlements

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 Netherlands

The Ancient History of Holland


The lands that make up the modern day Netherlands were a culturally distinct area in ancient times that straddled both Celtic and Germanic lands, resulting in a unique cultural admixture of people

Ancient Mexico

The Civilizations of Ancient Mesoamerica


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

Ancient Portugal

The Ancient Lusitanian World


The Lusitanians are the ancestors of the Portuguese, and were the last Celtiberian tribe to submit to Roman rule, and were considered among the most rebellious tribes in Iberia

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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