kings mound

Pre-Viking Scandinavian Gilt Pelta Pendant with Bird, 7th Century AD

The profile bird with hooked claw and divided tail is a motif used in England and Scandinavia in the 6th-7th century AD. It appears on the shield of the king in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo (photo) and on the equipment of the contemporary burials at Vendel, Valsgärde and elsewhere in central Sweden.

Carl Larsson’s idea for a Temple of Memory in Uppsala

The artist Carl Larsson wanted to erect a Temple of Memory on one of the king’s mounds. The temple would contain huge sculptures of Odin, Thor and Balder, the heart of Gustavus Adolphus in its urn, and finds from the Vendel burials. 

This would make Swedes “believe in the primeval nobility and loftiness of our race”. “For me, and presumably for you too, this place is still sacred.”

(Idea proposed by Carl Larsson in the magazine “Ord och bild”. 1908)

Day 45: To Evoke the Goat.

Between the horns, a candle lights.

And before the skull is laid the feast of Red.

Red bread for the body, red wine for the blood. 

Red as the flowing of life.

Red as the lust of He Goat. 

And Red as the sacrificial river flowing from the veins of the King of the Mounds. 

Three nails for the Christ King. 

One for the purity of the crown. One for the truthfulness of the spirit. One for the deep power of the soul. 

Three times did he sigh. And three times did the heavens answer. 

And in his final words he ascended to the heavens, and descended into Hell, all the time the He Goat his guide, the heavenly father his crown. 

And then he ascended into the stars, and sits at the right hand of God, and judges the living and the dead in wisdom. 

And from the cup is brought forth the bread of life. 

One for the Father, One for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit of the Mother.

In nomine Patri, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.