Dane invented troll dolls

Dane invented troll dolls

In the upcoming season of gift-giving, many eyes will brighten at on seeing a troll doll. These funny-looking figures were created in the 1950s by a Dane, Thomas Dam, who was struggling to earn a living as a fisherman. A carving hobbyist, he made a wooden figurine...
Horseman King in Nazi days

Horseman King in Nazi days

Danish King Christian X had a very unusual habit for a royal – to ride his horse daily through Copenhagen’s streets, without any guards, saluting the citizens who paused to acknowledge him. But 75 years ago, on such an excursion in October 1942, his horse lurched –...
Fake Viking helmet horns

Fake Viking helmet horns

Some myths are so appealing that people refuse to drop them – and so it is with Viking horns. From singers in a Wagner opera to a souvenir shop in Copenhagen to the Minnesota Viking Football team logo, Viking warrior helmets are commonly adorned with a pair of large...
Flag with an old, old origin

Flag with an old, old origin

Valdemarsdag or Flag Day each June 15 is a festive holiday in Denmark, a great excuse for parties and painting faces in the red and white colors of this important national symbol – Dannebrog. Perhaps no other country celebrates its flag as much – right down to...