Harald “Blatand” Gormsson or Harald Bluetooth, was the king of Denmark and Norway during the 10th century A.D. Apparently the whole Bluetooth technology is inspired by the Jelling stone that he built in Denmark. He survives history as one of the most popular Viking Chieftains as his rune stone was adapted as the Bluetooth technology that you now use in your cell phones, television, and electronic devices.
Who Was Harald Bluetooth?
Harald Gormsson or Harald Bluetooth was the son of King Gorm the Old and his mother was Thyra Dannebod. Harald erected the Jelling stones of Denmark in honour of his mother and father. He won over Denmark and converted Danes to Christianity, thereby giving rise to Sweden and Norway. Apart from being the inspiration behind the idea of Bluetooth, he has a major contribution in the history of Christianity.
The Jelling Stones Are The Birth Certificate Of Denmark
Jelling can be regarded as the physical representation of the Danish’s transition to the Christianity. The process of conversion happened somewhere between 953 and 965 AD, however, the actual process was a very lengthy one and can be traced back before that era even.
Often the tourists and scholars visiting Denmark, call the Jelling Stones as the Birth Certificate of medieval Denmark. Apparently, Denmark was formed when the people under Harald started calling themselves “The Dane”. Looking at their majority, Denmark was formed.
Creation of The Jelling Stones
The Jelling Stone Complex was technically given rise to, by Harald’s father Gorm during Gorm’s reign. The stone that Gorm erected, was much smaller than the one Harald raised nearby, and was engraved for Gorm’s wife and Harald’s mother, Thyrve. The larger stone erected by Harald, was added as a political success to his father’s dedication.
The stone describes how King Harald, won over Denmark for himself and converted The Danes to Christians. On the larger Jelling stone, a Norse dragon is carved, which is reminiscent of a sea serpent. On the opposite side of the stone, is the first depiction of Christ in Northern Europe. Harald added two large barrows to these stones and a church. However the church that now stands, is one that was rebuilt.
The researchers claim that there are two more churches under the white-washed church, which stands currently there. This would mean that people got the church rebuilt 3 times, showing how important all this was for them.
How Was The Bluetooth Technology Inspired By The Jelling Stones Of Denmark?
The Bluetooth technology and King Harald have a weird relationship. Some scholars claim that King Harald was named ‘Blatand’, which means ‘Bluetooth’ because he had a tooth that was dead and looked blue or dark. This name got famous in the whole world when Ericsson chose to adopt it for their Swedish Telecommunication Technology. The founders thought that Harald Bluetooth’s ability to unite people in peaceful negotiations would be appropriate for a telecommunications technology. Jim Kardach, one of the founders of Bluetooth SIG, explains, as found in ancient-origins.net:
“Harald had united Denmark and Christianized the Danes! It occurred to me that this would make a good codename for the program. At this time I also created a PowerPoint foil with a version of the Runic stone where Harald held a cellphone in one hand and a notebook in the other and with a translation of the runes: “Harald united Denmark and Norway” and “Harald thinks that mobile PC’s and cellular phones should seamlessly communicate”.