Watched Places

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 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 China

The Ancient Chinese Civilization


With the unification of China under the Qin Emperor in the 3rd Century BCE., this great nation rose to become a center of artistic and technological knowledge for over three thousand years

Ancient Korea

The Ancient Kingdoms of Korea


The Korean Peninsula is an extremely rich historical and archeological region that comprised a number of important Kingdoms in the early history of Asia

Ancient Cambodia

The Ancient Khmer Civilization


The city of Ankgor Wat is one of the worlds great cultural archeological sites and was once the pinnacle of the great Khmer Empire

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 Ethiopia

The Ancient Kingdoms of Abyssinia


The Ancient Ethiopians lay claim to
having the oldest continuous Kingdom in the world, starting over four thousand years ago with the Kingdom of Axum

Ancient Australia

The Ancient World of the Aboriginies


One of the last regions to be colonized by Europeans, Australia remained a land isolated in time for centuries, a remote landscape where a unique Aboriginal culture flourished

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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