Weapons of Giants: Huge Bronze Axes Discovered in Denmark

A pine tree farmer in Denmark has made an astonishing discovery: five enormous Bronze Age axe heads buried in a field near Nørre Snede in Jutland, Denmark. Did these weapons belong to the legendary giants that are said to have inhabited the area?

Norse mythology is rife in stories about an ancient race of violent giants known as the Jötnar. Banished to Jötunheimr by the ruling divinities (the Æsir), these giants were oftentimes hostile to mankind.

But is there any historical backing to these tales? As a matter of fact, many believe the presence of giants in worldwide mythology was inspired by a race of flesh-and-bone humanoids of giant statures.

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The Bronze Age axes were discovered by farmer Esben Arildskov and his brother-in-law. Before planting a field with pine tree saplings, Arildskov used a metal detector to search for any buried artifacts. To their amazement, the two men uncovered two giant bronze axe heads. The team of archaeologists called on site found three more.

The axe heads measure 12 inches (30 centimeters) in length and each one weighs two pounds. Dating revealed they were made sometime during the 16th century BC, making them one of the oldest weapons of their kind discovered in Denmark. They are twice as heavy as axe heads usually are, suggesting that the men who wielded them must have been giant in stature.

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The purity of the metal used to craft the weapons suggest advanced metalworking techniques were employed 3,600 years ago. In all truthfulness, the giants of old were known as master craftsmen.

Archaeologists believe this amazing find is unprecedented. All over Europe, only five other giant bronze axes were found, never so many in one single place.

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I’m all electric,” said archaeologist Constanze Rassman, curator of Midtjylland Museum in Denmark. “Five such Bronze Age axes have been found in all Northern Europe to date, and then we go and find five more in one go. That’s fantastic!”

The axe heads are currently at the Midtjylland Museum, where archaeologists are studying and preserving them. After that, they will be placed on display at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. And if the artifacts prove to controversial, they will probably disappear along the way, like so many others.

 

Ragnar Larsen

12 comments

  1. No kidding ! I give it a four weeks, Than they will be sent to the Smithsonian Institution to take some special measurements that can only be done there. Than they are misplaced & nobody knows were they could be. But before they were lost,they did some special tests that prove giants had nothing to do with these axe heads. ( plus didn’t you know giants are only in fairy tales ) Thanks for your interest in this certain topic. But nothing to see here folks. Thanks again your Smithsonian Institution.

  2. When I read these were “huge axes” that may have belonged to giants I thought the blades must be at least 2 feet wide and weigh 50 pounds each. But these aren’t giant at all. From the description in the text and the visible dimensions in the photograph, these are only 12 inches from the tip of the blade to the end of the tang, with cutting edges slightly less than 6 inches wide. Not unduly large for a strong man to use in a two-handed ax. Viking ax heads with cutting edges 9 inches long have been found before, with no talk of giants. According to the text, these ax heads each weigh two pounds. Two pounds! You think it requires a giant to wield an ax with a 2-pound head?

  3. A good example of how people can be deluded by characterizations of something without actually examining the facts.

    When I read these were “huge axes” that may have belonged to giants I thought the blades must be at least 2 feet wide and weigh 50 pounds each. But these aren’t giant at all. From the description in the text and the visible dimensions in the photograph, these are only 12 inches from the tip of the blade to the end of the tang, with cutting edges slightly less than 6 inches wide. Not unduly large for a strong man to use in a two-handed ax. Viking ax heads with cutting edges 9 inches long have been found before, with no talk of giants. According to the text, these ax heads each weigh two pounds. Two pounds! You think it requires a giant to wield an ax with a 2-pound head?

    Yet people who read this article without really thinking about it will come away thinking they are giant axes, even though the description and the photographs show they are obviously not.

  4. Might want to edit your last sentence, “journalist” … did your editor and proofreaders take the day off? Hint: “to” indicates direction.

  5. Those axe heads are only 2 lbs? Give me a break. Giants? Only a weakling would have a problem.

  6. As a weakling I seriously doubt I’d have a problem swinging one of these around.

  7. I get so disappointed when artifacts are sent to the Smithsonian, hasn’t history shown us that they make any artifact that doesn’t “fit in” with their stories, science, etc. DISAPPEAR FOREVER. Example? GIANT Skeletons. I wish there was a Museum that ONLY took artifacts that DID NOT fit into the puzzle, how incredible would that be?! Sadly so much has already been lost, destroyed that those who knew such things existed begin to look like conspiracy theorists or just plain crazy…and that to me is the saddest part.

  8. At the same time in England they were making giant bronze dirks unwieldy by normal man, but were also never meant to be either as they were given as water offerings. Several have been found in many pieces like other “giant” axe heads have been. I am going with sacrificial or ornamental items for these.

  9. 2 pound not being funny or trying to show off but i could easily weild an axe with a 2 pound head and i can tell you now im no giant . I would love some archeological evidence as proof of giants but sadly this aint it

  10. A more amusing comment than you might think!! if you read up on the subject of the legacy of natural history and science museums…they became popular after PT Barnum’s hoax museums started getting extremely popular…the experts were forced to debunk the hoaxes and i believe PT Barnum helped start the museum of natural history

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