Watched Places

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 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 Thailand

The Ancient Cultures of Siam

Thailand

The ancient Siamese kingdoms of Thailand maintained an independent existence throughout their thousand year history, and were never conquered by foreign powers

Ancient Cambodia

The Ancient Khmer Civilization

Cambodia

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 Peru

The Ancient World of the Andes

Peru

First the Chimu, and Wari people built tremendous coastal civilizations, later the Incas fortified their mountain Kingdom in the Valley of Cuzco creating the largest Empire of the Americas

Ancient Hungary

The Ancient Huns and Magyars

Hungary

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 Finland

The Ancient World of the Finnish People

Finland

The Finno-Ugric tribes that spread into the hinterlands of Northern Europe are some of the first people to migrate into Europe.

Ancient Netherlands

The Ancient History of Holland

Netherlands

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



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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