Who Wants a War???

We are in Blekinge, Sweden.

The villages around the Bridge of Fur offer beautiful country roads, wilderness trails, ancient monuments, idylls, a dozen lakes, many with fish. All in the most beautiful nature. At the bridge, the river flows briskly under towering pine trees.

The Bridge of Fur has a very special history that I love.
The story should not be compared to the horrendous aggression on Ukraine.

The Bridge over Lyckebyån is a historic place.
Here was the national border between Sweden and Denmark in 980-1658.
In ancient times, the bridge was an important meeting place for people in the border areas.

“For over 600 years, the inhabitants lived at a national border, which they perceived as a penalty of sin.
But no boundary marking could wipe out their community.
Though at every outbreak of war, they were transformed into each other’s enemies. ” Vilhelm Moberg

Hence the peasants’ peace agreements:
The parishioners of Fridlevstad in the south, and Vissefjärda in the north had promised each other not to follow their masters across the border, and not to go against each other by force or fire.

The bridge was the bridge of peace.

21 thoughts on “Who Wants a War???

  1. Dear Hanna,
    we need such bridges of peace and especially nowadays.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. That’s a fantastic story. Ordinary people recognising that have more in common with each other than the vain ambitions of those in power.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment, George.
      I love stories with inspiring solutions! 🎁
      A pinpoint summary by the way!!
      All the best,
      Hanna

    • That’s a brilliant wish, Tanja !! 😊
      When I think about it, a bridge builder is a wonderful metaphor for establishing relationships, improving communication, and building trust between conflicting people and groups.
      I wish for many more bridges of peace, too ❤️
      So let’s build those bridges of peace 😎

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