the footsteps of the Vikings!
¦ The Viking at home ¦
The Viking abroad
Jelling church you find one of the most unique monuments from the Viking period.
Between two great mounds, one of them being King Gorm`s burial mound, two runic
stones are located.
Inscriptions on the biggest runic stone tells us that
the stone was erected by King Harald Blåtand in memory of his parents King
Gorm and Queen Thyre. The inscriptions also tells us that King Harald Blåtand
united Denmark and made the Danes christian.
This monument dedicated
the Viking Kings has changed over the centuries. Initially it was formed as a
170 meters long stone ship expanding from a mount from the bronze age (which is
now the center of the big north mount) to south of where the other mount is today.
The smallest of the two runic stones was at that time probably a part of the stone
ship. According to the inscriptions on the stone the stone ship was built by King
Gorm as a monument in memory of Queen Thyre.
Gorm died during the winter 958-959 and was buried in a wooden chamber in the
mount from the bronze age. His son Harald Blåtand then had the big north
mount built on top of the grave. King Harald then converted to christianity and
the monument was transformed into a christian monument.
you see Jelling church today, King Harald built a big wooden church and he then
had his fathers remains moved and buried below the church floor. Later he had
the south mount built in memory of his mother Thyre.|
Between the two mounts
King Harald had the biggest runic stone erected and today it can be seen at its
original location. The runic stone was decorated with an image of Christ and then
inscription with the following text was added: the monument was erected by King
Harald, ruler of Denmark and Norway who converted the Danes to christianity, in
memory of Gorm and Thyre.
This runic stone is today called Denmark`s birth
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