Viking Circular Strongholds


I recently read a wonderful little book about the period in which Denmark was founded (c. 600-1200) and while my review of the book is featured in a seperate blog entry (in Danish), I want to share just a little Danish history with you.

Denmark is old kingdom with more history than I can fathom and despite its size, it plays and has historically played a dominate role in European and global politics.

Back before Denmark was one united kingdom, the rulers were local chieftains, the belief system was Old Norse, and international commerce consisted of Viking raids and plunder in Great Britian and mainland Europe.

During the time, when power was consolidated and Denmark become one or a few kingdoms, approximately five circular strongholds were built. The inner diametres were c. 135 metres and the houses were c. 30 metres long – massive constructions.

What I find intriguing about these strongholds is that not much is known about them. Written sources from the period are pretty much non-existent and excavations have so far only uncovered some of the puzzle pieces. There is plenty of room for speculation – and I enjoy letting my imagination run free.

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