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Viking tales and dinosaurs

Replica of a Viking ship. Photo: valt98/Flickr/Creative Commons

Replica of a Viking ship. Photo: valt98/Flickr/Creative Commons

In the late 1930s, while digging in the remains of an ancient fortress, Sverresborg Castle, located near Bergen, Norway, archaeologist Gerhard Fischer came across the partial skeletal remains of a body in a well filled with rocks.

But when World War II broke out the excavation stopped,  the remains buried and the discovery largely forgotten.

However according to the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage, in 2014 archaeologists have stumbled across more remains of this body in the well. After dating a bone shard they discovered it was over 800 years old — dating it to 1200 AD.

But here the story takes an interesting twist. There are a number of sagas or epic poems written by Vikings and handed down through the generations. Many disregarded them as fanciful tales.

But there is one saga entitled the Sverris Saga, dated to the 1200s, that talks about Viking wars, great voyages and clan feuds.

In it there is an elaborate story about King Sverre Sigurdsson who led a group called the Baglers.

They were so poor they wore shoes made of birch bark. They attacked a castle of their dreaded enemy and conquered it. They finished the job by throwing a dead body of one of Sverre’s men down the well to contaminate the water supply and then filled the well with stones.

Archaeologists believe the body found in the well is the very man mentioned in the saga validating the history of this epic poem.

Which brings us to another ancient Viking saga from Denmark — Beowulf.

There is a section in this poem dated to the sixth century that has caused much consternation in literary circles. In fact lines 710 to 835 are often left out when discussing the saga.

Beowulf was the King of the Geatingas and this controversial part talks about his battle with Grendel, a dragon.

But why would Vikings fighting dragons be so disconcerting?

Because it is the vivid description of this dragon that causes the problem. Grendel walked on its hind legs. It had powerful jaws and two smaller front legs, one of which Beowulf cut off in the battle.

Anyone reading this account realizes Grendel is not describing your typical dragon but rather it describes a T-Rex. Here in lies the problem. Evolutionists have convinced themselves that dinosaurs and men are separated by millions of year.

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) the author of The Lord of the Rings wrote a book in 1963 called Beowulf – the monsters and the critics. Tolkien was a professor at Oxford University and a renown scholar in Anglo-Saxon languages.

Because of the way it was written, Tolkien was convinced Beowulf described an actual historical battle with a T-Rex. Because of his prestigious position in academia, Tolkien’s book caused much controversy.

But Beowulf is not the only written account that seems to describe a dinosaur — the Bible may as well.

The Book of Job, written in the period shortly after the flood, talks about a giant beast, behemoth, that lived in the water (Job 40:15-24).

Because of its association with water, some Bible scholars believe this was a reference to a crocodile. However, this was not a crocodile that you and I would want to run in to.

The reason is its tail is compared to a cedar tree. Mediterranean Cedar trees can grow upwards of 60’ or higher. This does not fit the description of a crocodile.

So what creature from our ancient past has a tail even remotely close to that size. Only one — the Saurapods, who due to their size probably preferred water over land.

Different sizes of Saurapods. Wikipediea:Matt Martyniuk

Different sizes of Saurapods. Wikipedia:Matt Martyniuk

Add to this they are now finding non-fossilized organic material — blood, cartilage, blood vessels — inside fossilized dinosaur bones tells us dinosaurs are not as old as evolutionists want us to believe.


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