Denmark’s Cradle and Beowulf

The story of Beowulf has inspired throughout the world and I’m no exception.
I’m standing in the entrance to the huge hall, that is, the excavation.

The hall is a conclusive evidence that there were kings in Lejre at the time of the Scyldings.
Just as in the epic Beowulf, the Icelandic sagas and the Saxon chronicles.
Over 600 square feet under roof and 10 meters to the ceiling.
The finding goes back to the time when the myths became.

The Odin figure, a gold treasure and well over a thousand discoveries. For decades we have looked for the place in which the kings of Lejre lived, and now we have the proof, says archaeologist and leader of the excavation, Tom Christensen.

The hall is built as a reconstruction 2 kilometres away from the excavation.
The Heorot hall or Meduseld?

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The Mighty Heorot Hall in Denmark

I like to think that the Heorot Hall was placed in Lejre. Heorot Hall explained on Wikipedia
Nevertheless archaeologists have found evidence that Lejre has been a mighty centre of power from the years 500 to 1000 AD.
A reconstruction of the biggest hall which was found, is being built two kilometres from the excavation site.
Click the picture and enjoy the progress of the reconstruction.

Click picture to see Heorot being built

Beowulf

Lejre beyond the legend – the archaeological evidence

Walking paths around the great power centre of the Viking Age in Denmark

Beowulf, The Danish King Roar and the Heorot

There are moments in my life that has established themselves as Oscar-winning films. Oscars for best scenario and best plots.
There is the story of Beowulf who hears about friends who are in need in Denmark. He comes to help and defeats monsters, goblins and dragons.
There are stories of bog holes so creepy that deer choose the death by biting dogs, rather than the flight into the bog.
There is a story about a mighty meat hall in Lejre where King Roar generously shares his possessions between the men who honour him while quoting verses and letting themselves entertain by women.
Some of the best scenarios are from the fjord country; Landscapes with undulating wheat fields, where narrow picturesque roads winding between mounds and small village churches. Flashing fjords and lakes, promontories and inlets, hills and beautiful forests.
Does that sound like a fairy tale? It’s true because when I walk in the fjord country on a beautiful summer day, the adventure feels for real.

I have walk and cycled on countless trails in the fjord country.
Now I have found some new information’s, which many of you probably are familiar with.
The new data adds a new dimension to the landscape I know so well.
It was during a cross-search of Danish Vikings and Iceland, that I came across the Beowulf Poem.
The story of Beowulf is a unique plot written by English monks in the 8th century. A heroic poem. The poem begins with a celebration of Danish kings and King Skjold and his family.

It is the hero Beowulf who tells of King Skjold that he as a little child came to the royal solve Denmark, sailing alone on a ship.
The Danes saw a ship steer towards the shore; it had no oars outside, and there were no men to see at deck. As the ship slid in and lay down on the shore, people found a small boy lying alone on the deck. His head rested on a sheaf, and around him weapons were stacked.
The Danes carried the boy ashore, brought him to town; and proclaimed him as a king on a sacred stone, King Skjold.

Beowulf belonged to the Goths in Sweden, but he also had close ties to the Danish court, where he had stayed for a while when he was a child. When he learned that the ageing King Roar was in deep distress, he gathered a dozen of the best fighters and came to Roar’s rescue.

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A few year back archaeologists uncovered post holes after a mighty meat hall uncovered from 500 years A.D. in Lejre. The hall is from the same period as the legend of the royal family Skoldungerne with Roar, Helge and Rolf Krake and the famous ‘Hjorthal’ or known in England as Heorot. There are plans for a reconstruction of Heorot in Lejre.

You can read much more about these important finds in the notes.

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