The Troy Towns of Northern Europe

is the (translated) title of a book by Dr. Ernst Krause from the year 1893.
And because the complete title contains (nearly) the complete book, here the title page is shown:
Attention: This is all in German and the characters are old German too.

The title of the book

The title of the book

The book says essentially that all the legends concerning the Troy Towns are of Nordic origin. The original labyrinths are the Troy Towns, above all the oldest that can be walked. There are still about 300 of this old Troy Towns in Scandinavia. For me the homeland of the labyrinth is there.
If one speaks from the labyrinth, most are thinking at first of the maze with its complicated, devoured, unclear ways, which leads only, if at all, after many running and erring, into the center.
For “advanced learners” it is clear that in a labyrinth there is only one and a clear way to the center. And that this way inside is also the way outside.
Many others connect the labyrinth with the Greek mythology, where is spoken of King Minos, the hero Theseus, the king’s daughter Ariadne, the monster Minotaur, the architect Daedalus and their acts.

Ernst Krause tried to prove that the whole labyrinth idea is to be settled rather in the Nordic culture. His ideas are sometimes difficult to understand, above all if one is not so familiar with the many aforementioned shapes and events.
Thus we know in the long run still too few about the origin and the meaning of the labyrinth.
His theory, how the labyrinth could have developed from the circle figure, is today no longer recognized.
He was very pleased, when during or after the writing of his book the famous jug of Tragliatella was found, which underlines his ideas. Thus he wrote directly still another supplement to his book, which is attached as appendix in my second-hand acquired exemplar.

The appendix

The appendix

What remains after all that?

  • That it is probably not so important to know exactly where the labyrinth comes from, who invented it, or whether it was independently developed at different places. We can see the labyrinth however in larger and further connections, than so far assumed.
  • That the labyrinth can be still fascinating and it depends on us what we make out of it.

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2 thoughts on “The Troy Towns of Northern Europe

  1. Pingback: The Babylonian Visceral Labyrinth, Part 1 | blogmymaze

  2. So interesting… I do agree with your last two points, they are in fact what fueled my passion for exploring this amazing concept of all things labyrinth…


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