Sleeping Monsters And Slumbering Heros
By Chuck Thurston
Many cultures have a "sleeping giant" myth — sometimes hero, sometimes villain, and occasionally a conflicted and unpredictable entity.
Deep beneath Kroneborg Castle in Denmark, at the end of a narrow, gloomy hall, sits Holger Danske. Carved in stone and seated on a large stone chair, he sleeps — arms folded, chin on chest — with a broad sword across his lap, and a shield by his side. Water from the ceiling of this dank chamber drips on his Viking helmet and down his bearded face. He will awake, Danish legend holds, if the kingdom is threatened, and inde...