8. Stenrækken (row of rocks)
In the middle of the amazing cultural landscape of Nørreskoven forest, where more than 50 grave mounds are packed together in less than 1 km2, you will find the mysterious formation of rocks known as “Stenrækken”. It is located just off one of the routes sign-posted by the Danish Nature Agency and is indicated in booklets and on map boards. Stenrækken is 70 meters long, almost ruler-straight, and consists of 29 huge rocks laid out across an almost obliterated grave mound. Stenrækken has not been dated.
Stenrækken points accurately towards the place on the horizon where the sun goes down on midsummer night. Is this a coincidence? Could this formation of rocks be a giant phallic symbol (phallus worship was widespread in the fertility cult of the Bronze Age) or a primitive calendar? If you look in the opposite direction, you can see the sun rise above the formation of rocks on the shortest day of the year. There is plenty of food for the imagination, and there are plenty of reasons for taking an exciting hike around the many large Bronze Age grave mounds surrounding Stenrækken. Just 100 meters from Stenrækken is a perfect 10-meter-wide circle of around 100 rocks. Finally, there is a small circle of seven large rocks at the periphery of the forest further towards the west.
If we place the rocks of Nørreskoven in the Bronze Age, they could be the setting for the sun worship which characterised religious life in the Bronze Age. The chariot of the sun, jewelry, as well as other figures, rock carvings and cup-shaped marks in the rocks of the time bear witness to the significance of the sun.