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Jelling Stones, Mounds and Cemetery

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Kolding, Denmark.

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These are two massive runic stones dating from the 10th Century, one was raised by the first Danish King, Gorm in memory of his dead wife, the other by the Kings son in memory of his parents and to celebrate his conquest of Denmark and Norway and heralding in the new Christian era he was introducing to Denmark. The stones are part of a churchyard which is between two large mounds. The stones are significant because of their attempt to bridge the gap between the Norse paganism the stones were originally the product of and Christian rituals which were newly introduced and are strongly identified as talismans of the new Danish nation state. If you’re in London but still interested in seeing these stones, several copies were made of the second stone, and painted like the original, from which most of the paint has come off, one is in London in a Danish Church in Regents Park, another in the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen and another in the Jelling Mound Museum just out of site of the real things.

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'The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture, while the other runic stone and the church illustrate the Christianization of the Danish people towards the middle of the 10th century.' Copyright © … Read more...

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