"Blue night with mild waves!
In the open country, the cry of the delighted rings,
Where still Holle’s bushes bloom.
Fire shines through the valleys,
Like Balder’s monuments,
And from the wheel sparks glow.
Let the sun-rune spark,
Swastika radiant in the dark,
Be welcome, exalted Phol!
A thousand standing-stones counsel,
Druidic wisdom, Edda, Vedas,
From you, eternal “symbol”!"
::These are the words of Solstice (Sonnenwende), an anonymous poem first published in the German journal, Heimdall in 1899. It glorifies the swastika, an ancient symbol known in an Old Norse source as the sólarhvel (“sun-wheel”).
The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson. Harald Hardrada died in the battle. Ironically, Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, was to die himself, just a few weeks later, while fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.