EARLY DANISH KINGS
Jon Presco <braskewitz <at> yahoo.com>
2007-11-05 10:07:04 GMT
EARLY DANISH KINGS
The early Danish kingdom was centered in Zealand, Falster, and
Laaland, and its kings sat at Leire, near Roskilde, in Zealand. The
first Danish dynasty was of the original Vanir race of Scandinavia.
The dynasty was possibly over a thousand years old when it was
overthrown around the beginning of our common era by the Scyldings
(Skjoldungas) who came from the Swedish province of Skaane. The
Scyldings were the successors of the original dynasty of Scania, the
Boreades, which had itself become extinct. The Scyldings conquered
Denmark and transferred their seat there and gave Denmark its second
dynasty. The Scyldings, according to mythology, descended from
Scyld "Scefing", a babe of unknown parentage or origin found lying
asleep on a "sheaf of corn" in a boat that drifted "across the sea"
to the coast of Scania. The infant was adopted by Queen Gefjon [Swe:
Gerda], called "The Snow Queen", the childless daughter and successor
of the ancient Scandinavian king Gylfi [Swe: Gymir]. King Gylfi was
the last male-line descendant of Othni, the first King of Scania.
Othni was the personification of the Teutonic deity Odin (Woten;
Votan), who, according to mythology, originally led the migration of
the Aesir [Aryans], that is, the Battle-Axe People, to Europe in the
Bronze Age and founded the ancient kingdom of Scania, circa 1500BC.
The myth of the babe in an oar-less boat has its origin in the
ancient practice of the Teutonic People of setting adrift unwanted
infants and leaving them to their fate. Gefjon "The Snow Queen" was
deified in Teutonic Mythology as the goddess of nature, who,
unmarried, also presided over virgins and received the souls of
unmarried women upon their deaths. She was also the goddess of
agriculture, and, as such, was portrayed tilling land with a plow
drawn by oxen. Gefjon was sometimes represented as her son's wife,