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the dictionary of norse mythology

GOTLAND


GOTLAND An island in the Baltic Sea, part of sweden and southeast of that nation's coast. Many archaeological finds that are important to the study of Norse mythology are located on this large island. Most prominent are the rock carvings and pictures that appear to portray scenes from Norse myths. They are similar to the rock carvings found throughout much of scandinavia. In one set of rocks on Gotland, the background was carved away leaving the images raised above the surface. Archaeologists believe the images were carved in the sixth century a.d. and were originally painted. One famous raised picture stone from Alskog Tjangvide shows what appears to be sleipnir, odin's eight-legged horse. The carving has been dated the eighth century a.d.

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