Watched Places

Ancient Arabia

The Ancient Arab World


The Arabian peninsula has been at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa since mankind's earliest migrations, becoming the center of religious awakening that spread out in four directions

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 Romania

The Ancient Carpathian Tribes


First the Thracians, and later the Dacians fought to maintain their unique culture in the mountains of the southern Carpathian basin, eventually adopting a language of their Roman conquerors

Ancient Turkey

The Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia


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 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 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 Tibet

The Ancient Cultures of the Himalayas


Once thought to be the mysterious Kingdom of Shangri-la, Tibet is the highest elevated country on earth, with a culture that has been devoutly Buddhist for centuries

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

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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