Watched Places

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 New Zealand

The Ancient World of the Maori


The Polynesians settled New Zealand in the early part of this millennium and created a unique culture that flourished across vast expanses of the pacific

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 Brazil

The Ancient Cultures of the Amazon


The vast Amazon basin is home to a tropical rain forest larger then any on Earth, and even today the last vestiges of untouched Amerindian tribes still inhabit it's vast interior

Ancient Finland

The Ancient World of the Finnish People


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

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 Argentina

The Culture and History of the Pampas


The land of the Argentine Pampas was once teaming with wildlife and a little known indigenous culture that lived in one of the world's largest grasslands

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

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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