I should learn more about Harald Bluetooth, first king of the Danes

ᚼᛅᚱᛅᛚᛏᚱ ᚴᚢᚾᚢᚴᛦ
‘King Harald’ in runic script


On the shores of an island in northern Germany, surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Sea, amateur archaeologists recently discovered a horde of artifacts directly related to King Harald, otherwise known as Harald Bluetooth.

The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in the late 980s – also the period when Bluetooth was known to have fled to Pomerania, where he died in 987.

“We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources,” said the archaeologist Detlef Jantzen.

Bluetooth is credited with unifying Denmark. The Viking-born king also turned his back on old Norse religion and introduced Christianity to the Nordic country.

But he was forced to flee to Pomerania after a rebellion led by his son Sven Gabelbart.

My interest in Pomerania stretches back to my maternal great-grandparents, who were born in Kreis Bütow, an area controlled by Bluetooth through vassals. Study of DNA, using samples provided by me and my maternal uncle, show a strong Viking influence in our blood.


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