On August 15, we could, together with Sagnlandet Lejre (Land of Legends in Lejre), celebrate the elevation of two very tall, decorated high-seat pillars, and thus mark the first phase of the construction of Denmark’s largest Viking Hall, which is part of the project “Sagnkongernes Verden” (The World of the Legend Kings).
Elgaard Architecture is client consultant on the project which will reconstruct an 8th-century king’s hall, which was found close to Lejre. The large, eight-meter-high columns are the first part of the construction, which is scheduled to be completed next summer.
The whole project is inspired by the finding of a foundation from the largest ancient building known in Denmark. The king’s hall was allegedly 61 meters long, 12.5 meters wide and had a height of 10 meters to the ceiling. The reconstruction will be in full size, which has required international research collaboration and innovative craftsmanship.
For the purpose, 150 old oak trees from forests near Lejre were felled and processed at the local sawmill, Bondeskovgaard. The sawmill has developed a machine, which is able to work the surfaces of the wood in a way equivalent to how it was done during the Viking Ages. Iron axe heads imitating the Vikings’ tools have been mounted onto the machine, which has then done 70% of the work. The last 30% has been axe chopped by hand by skilled craftsmen.
The project “The World of the Legend Kings” is supported by A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal with 65 million DKR and by Augustinus Foundation with 10 million DKR. The aim is to give the visitors of Sagnlandet a sensous experience of the pre-Christian life form of the Vikings, their world of thought and their understanding of nature in the same landscape, which formed a framework for their everyday lives 1,200 years ago.
Sagnlandet Lejre is a historic archaeological research and communication centre and a tourist attraction located in Lejre, south of Copenhagen.