Denmark's Early Royalty and the Jelling Stones


UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900:  Denmark - Viking runic inscription. Runestone from Jelling.  (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: Denmark - Viking runic inscription. Runestone from Jelling. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

The beginning of Denmark's monarchy more than a thousand years ago is linked to two large rune stones at Jelling. Is it possible that the stones were part of an effort on Harald Blåtand's part to revise the history of his parents, Gorm and Thyre?

Jelling stones - Denmark - Viking runic inscription. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: 10th century, European history, Denmark