Thought I may as well finish off the week in southern Sweden with a Friday Fence around some Viking burial mounds. Earlier in the week it was the red barns and gorgeous farmland of the area as our tour bus headed south to cross over into Denmark. The night before we had stayed at Toftaholm Manor, an historic lakeside inn. Here it is in the evening light (painted a softy mustard yellow--second most popular color to the Falu red). The manor grounds had its own burial grounds which I'll tell you about in a minute.
burial mounds through the bus window. Notice the steps for climbing over the fence--instead of a gate. In the 5th/6th century A.D., fire and water played important roles in Viking death ceremonies. For the royalty, a ship may be fully equipped with the dead and all they would need to make it to Valhalla and then set adrift on the sea. In another method of burial, pits were dug in the ground and a funeral pyre lit. After the fire ceremony, the site was covered with stones and earth to make these burial mounds. You see them dotting the Swedish farm landscape. Some mounds are marked with huge boulders as in these photos:
rune stone, one of the oldest Christian monuments. This stone was on the grounds of Toftaholm Manor and the inscription said something like "in memory of brother Fare, God rest his soul. . ." Fare, or Farelander, was a common Scandinavian male name and meant traveler or one who journeys to England:
Life According to Jan and Jer.
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.