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 light, the sky and the sea. We are in the northeast corner of Denmark. At the end of the snow-covered road lies Kronborg. Elsinore, home to the buzz of history. Kronborg Castle and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Norwegian painter, Thomas Fearnley, 1802-1842 Helsingør mod Kronborg, vinter. Date of art: 1833, oil on canvas.
It was on a beautiful sunny day, that I went to see the ruins of Søborg Castle. Walking on these bare fields reminds me of the lake, that once was here many years ago.
The castle was one of Denmark’s largest and best fortified castles. It was built on an islet in the lake in the middle of the 11th century and was later conquered by the Viking, King Valdemar the Great.
Now the state will restore the lake: Take a peek below the post!
It might well have been here on the old lake bed of Søborg Sø that Andersen-Lundby got his inspiration for the painting: ‘Birds on the road’.
The lake is to be restored over a number of years, to attract a diverse bird life and preserve the cultural-historical values around the lake. At the same time it will be an attractive place for outdoor life and reduce nutrient leaching.
The lake has been completely drained through an extended canal system since the 1870s. It was drained for agricultural purposes. The overall water levels in the region has been lowered 6-7 meters. The pumping layer comprises almost 600 ha.
Several times I’ve seen King Frederik 7’s monogram on my walk in nature.
Or I stumble over stories that have emerged around his activities.
He was very fond of digging out burial mounds. Fortunately, he was assisted by very knowledgeable people so no harm was done.
None of which I’m aware of. But then I’m not an archaeologist either.
King Frederik the 7th of Denmark was a colourful personality.
His greatest interest was archaeology, representation and his third wife, ballerina Louise Rasmussen, Countess Danner.
Recently I visited Frederik 7′ cave in Skodsborg. It is well located overlooking the Sound and his Villa Rex.
He held gatherings in the cave and it is said that they were certainly not boring.
Gurre Songs is written by the Danish poet; Jens Peter Jacobsen
Rainer Maria Rilke learned Danish and translated Gurre Songs to German
Twelve Tone Music inventor, Arnold Schoenberg, composed music to Jens Peter Jacobsen’s Gurre Songs (Gurrelieder premiered in 1913 in Vienna)