The Danish vikings
The Danish vikings are probably best known for their fearless raids, but they were also very good craftsmen and traders. The vikings roamed the seas of Northern Europe (and they even got as far as to parts of Asia and The North Atlantic) in the period 700 and 1200 AD. They professed to the Gods of the Nordic Mythology, Thor and Odin, but according to the inscription on the Stone of Jelling, King Harald Bluetooth turned the Danes towards Christianity.
The Viking Ships
Even though, historically speaking, it is quite a while ago that the Danish vikings roamed this part of the world, fortunately it has been possible to find very well preserved remainings of some of their magnificent ships and settlements. These findings have made it possible for us to recreate their lifestyle and get a chance to see, what life must have been like back in those days.
For those of us, who find the vikings interesting, it is now even possible to make a vikingship trip, virtually as well as for real!
Vikingship Museum in Roskilde
it is possible to actually go on a trip on a reconstruction of one of the ships found on the bottom of the Roskilde Fjord. If you deside to do so, be prepared to roll up your sleaves and actually help setting the sail and grab one of the oars!
Amber is the most well known "stone" for making jewelry and it is still very valued and precious.
On your visit in Denmark you may very well find a piece of amber and actually hold a piece of history in your hand.
The oldest amber found is 170 millions years old. It was found on the island of Bornholm.
Millions of years ago Denmark was under water. The climate was warm and humid. In large mixed forests grow trees grew, - they were tall and probably stood singly. The trees sweat amber and formed large quantities of resin, which were collected in blobs. Big rivers washed the resin clumps into the sea, where they sank to the bottom together with clay. Over the next millions of years the resin petrified and became amber - Amber - the gold of the North
Scientist do not know for sure, but it is believed that the amber came from a special type of fir, which is now extinct.
The climate changed many times after the amber was sweated from those trees, and the glacial streams of the Ice Ages carried huge quantities of gravel and stone - including the amber - with them to where Denmark slowly emerged from the sea. Amber bearing strata are present just about everywhere in Denmark in the ground and under the sea bed.
The vikings found it and since amber is very easy to prepare and form, they used it for jewelry.
Amber has been worn as an amulet for protection of health, protection against bad luck and evil attacks. It is said to bring balance, to absorb the negative energy, to ease pain, and increases life force. It should even heal nerves and bone marrow. It is supposed to help your decision on what you desire and calm your nerves. It emits a sunny and bright soothing energy, which helps to calm nerves and to enliven the disposition. When worn around the neck, it assists to cure sore throats. It can even assist in digestive ailments, bleeding teeth, headaches and epilepsy.
Amber does change my negative energy into positive - simply because I find it very beautiful!
In Denmark we are rich on amber because the land was formed later than the amber; not because amber trees grew in Denmark, because they didn´t.
It is fascinating to wear a piece of amber jewlry with amber representing millions of years of age - from an old amber tree to the sales counter of today´s goldsmiths.
Now you know a little more about its history, when next time you admire the amazing beauty of your own amber ornament, and I'm sure the Danish vikings admired the beauty of the amber just like we do.