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Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 10th century
Date of Inscription: 1994
Location: Europe, Denmark, Jelling Commune, County of Vejle
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Description: Whilst the Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are remarkable examples of pagan Nordic culture, the church and the other runic stone demonstrate the Danish people’s Christianization in mid-10th century. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Jelling stones are massive carved Rune stones from the 10th century, found at the town of Jelling in Denmark. The older of the two Jelling stones was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Thyra. King Gorm was the first king of all of Denmark. The larger of the two stones was raised by King Gorm's son, Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents. It celebrates his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The stones lie in a Jelling churchyard between two large mounds. They represent the transitional period between the indigenous Norse paganism and the process of Christianization in Denmark. The stones are strongly identified with the creation of Denmark as a nation state. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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