Treasure of times of king Harald I
13-year-old schoolboy Luka Malashnichenko and his adult search partner Rene Schön, members of a local amateur archaeology group, recently made an amazing find on the island of Rugen.
They found bracelets and necklaces, buckles and rings, many pearls, about 600 silver coins. Many of them feature legendary Danish King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson, which makes it possible to determine the age of artifacts to the second half of the tenth century.
“This is the largest treasure of that era, discovered in the southern Baltic Sea, and its significance is huge,” emphasized archaeologist Michael Schirren, who directed the excavation. The most valuable of all the finds is the so-called Mjolnir, an amulet made in the form of the hammer of the god Thor. In Scandinavian and Old German mythology, only Thor could lift this heavy hammer, the blow of which caused lightning and thunder. As an amulet, Mjolnir has been popular since ancient times. For example, it used to be put under the bed of newlyweds so that they had many children.
As for how Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson (Harald Blaatand) got his strange nickname, there are a few hypotheses. The first is that his teeth were dark in color. But some say that the modern translation “Blue-Toothed” is totally wrong, and that the word “Blaatand” actually meant”dark sword”. The king ruled Denmark for several decades, along with Norway later on. Under him, Denmark was united and officially adopted Christianity. Hence the crosses on the coins of that era.
Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson is so well-known in Scandinavia that at the end of the twentieth century, Bluetooth technology was named after him. The name just means”blue tooth”, and its logo is a combination of two Scandinavian runes, the phonetic meanings of which correspond to the initials of the ancient king.