Strowan Crow is just a kid, with a gift for speaking with Animals.
He lives in the iron age, around the time of Christ being born.
He lives in a small village, in Denmark, just outside the Roman Empire.
He has a talent for magic Enchantments, and is learning to become a Druid.
He learns spells and respect for nature, when the Romans kills him family.
He woes revange, and uses his skill to raise an Undead Army.
Think Seventh Son or The Last Witch Hunter, but with a druid.
1: Ted talk one
I have followed this guy for a long time.
So when he is ready to tell his tale, I better listen to it.
Because it is about me, and my king.
I press the play button on the YouTube video.
A young man says:
Hallo. My name is Mark.
I am an archaeology linguistics.
Which means I study dead languages.
All of You, know that Latin is a dead language.
Nobody knows how to pronounce it, because nobody is alive to teach others how to speak it.
About ten years ago, we found a new grave.
It was a kings grave, or burial mound.
The initial dating is around the year zero BC or close after the birth of Christ.
This is the first king or head chief, known in what we now refers as Denmark, or Jutland.
This name was Tor-kiln.
He was the son of Odian.
And he might be the the inspiration for the legends of Valhalla, and the start to what we Danes call Ase-tro. Or believing in Ase.
For the ones who don't know Ase-tro, this is the short version.
There is an afterlife, and it is called Valhalla.
In Valhalla, there are several gods.
The oldest and wise is called Odin, and his son is called Thor.
They spend their life fighting Jætter, evil Giants, that wants to conquer Middle Earth.
If You fight a good fight, and die, You will find yourself in Valhalla.
At the eternal feast, along side other great warriors.
Waiting for the last great attack, Ragnarök.
Okay. Back to the grave of Tor-kiln.
So we dig out the grave, and I am called in to translate the runes into Danish, and English.
The problem arise, when the runes don't make a lot of sense.
The letters of the rune alphabet is known, so translating it should be easy.
But this is an earlier version, so we try to compare it to known version of runes.
I mean imagine, the letters You write today and then go back two-hundred years, and You might have to spend some to compare the letters.
Many of the words are also, a different version.
Second problem is the amount of stuff written.
If You had like two-hundred words, You could learn to read the language, by comparing it to later version.
We found less then a hundred runes, in the grave itself.
Here is where the miracle happened.
One of the kids, who was helping dig out the mound, had a small ground penetrating radar.
It was not like the ones in movies, with graphic and a large screen.
It was just a small box, that could show if there is a cavity behind a wall.
You place it at the wall, and it will show you how deep the wall is.
He showed it to me, and I now know how deep my walls are in my room.
We also did it on the floor, and it found the walls that hold up my floor.
So after we was done, what we should do, we let him and some of his friends play around inside the grave.
When somebody has worked hard, they should be allow to play.
They had success nearly from the start.
They probed the walls, around the chamber.
They found an extra cavity behind a secondary room.
Okay. Simply Viking grave mounds, has a main room. Like a hallway. On each side is smaller rooms, behind big stones.
On the left hand side, was a small room, we first called the servants room.
Where some killed servant, was placed, to serve the king in Valhalla.
Behind it was just earth, or so we thought.
But about two meters behind that wall, was another cavity.
We got the team to dig out the wall.
And it that room we found another treasury.
We found two Roman shields, some Roman and German swords, gold and other stuff from the Roman empire.
Those things was dated to around the birth of Christ.
You might have heard about it, about seven years back.
The Roman scholars, couldn't find any clues to which Roman general, that reached Jutland.
That general's names we know know was Cottam.
Hermus Ducis Cottam (28 BC - 35 AD) had a campaign up into the German lands.
Most scholars says that he stopped at the Rhine river.
He might have stopped, but some Roman raids, went into the land behind the Rhine.
Many areas around a Roman city or base camp, would be come 'Romanised'.
They make roads, that are easy to travel on.
Safe cities, that has lesser desease.
Running water, and bathhouses.
All that weapons and other stuff, pales with what we also found.