The second natural disaster

‘Just as a wild horse will shake its mane after throwing its rider into the grass, so Irtha shook her forests and mountains. Rivers flooded the fields. The sea was boiling. Mountains hurled debris up to the clouds, and what they had hurled up, the clouds threw back down to earth. At the beginning of the harvest month (Ernting, July/August), the earth tilted northwards and sank lower and lower. In the wolf month (December), the Denmarks of Fryasland lay buried under the sea. The forests where idols once stood were torn asunder by the force of the winds. The following year, frost came in the month of hardness (Hartung, January) and covered the old Fryasland with a sheet of ice. In the month of Sella (February), stormy winds came from the north with floating icebergs and stones. When spring came, the earth rose again of its own accord. The ice melted. Low tide arrived, and the forests with their idols drifted out to sea. Every resident of the marshes returned home again in the Winna or Minne month (month of merriness, May).

I came to Lyudgarda Castle with a maiden. How sad it looked there! The forests of the Linda villages were mostly gone. Where the Ljudgarten once stood, now there was sea. Its waves lashed the ring dyke. Ice had destroyed the tower and the houses lay in disarray. I found a stone on the slope of the dyke. Our scribe had inscribed his name there. That was a signpost for me. What had happened to our castle had happened to the others as well. In the higher lands they were destroyed by the earth and in the lower lands by the water. Only Fryasburg Castle on Texland was found intact.

But all the land to the north of the forests had been swallowed up by the sea and was yet to reappear. It was reported that 30 salt lakes had formed on the coast of the Fly Sea, caused by the forests that had drifted away with their ground and everything on it. Fifty in Westflyland. The canal that had traversed the land in front of the Alderga was silted up and useless. The sailors and other travelling folk left at home had sought refuge on the ships with their servants and clans. But the black people of Lydasburg and Alkmaar had done the same. While the black people were drifting southwards, they had rescued many girls, and since no one came to claim them, they kept them as their wives. The people who returned now resided inside the ring dikes around the castles, because everything outside was mud and marshland. The old houses were bunched together. Cows and sheep were bought from the highlands, and in the large houses where the maidens had previously been housed, sheets and felt were now produced for the inhabitants to earn a living. All this occurred 1888 years after Atland had sank (305 B.C.).’

Report by Frethorik from the year 305 B.C.

This report was written by Frethorik in 305 B.C. He was sent another report at the same time from Skåne (Schonland, southern Sweden):

‘This manuscript was given to me via Nordland or Skenland (Sweden). I was in Skenland when our country was sinking. Here is what happened: There were large lakes that rose from the ground like a bubble, then burst apart. A substance emerged from the fissures like red-hot iron. Mountains cast off their crowns (summits). They then rolled down and destroyed forests and villages. I saw with my own eyes how one mountain was torn down by another. It collapsed straight down. When I went to look a little later, a lake had formed in its place.’

Recolonisation of Jutland and the seafarers’ campaign of revenge against the Golen/Gallians

His son Konered adds what was happening in Denmark at the time: he writes of the recolonisation of Jutland and a campaign of revenge by the sailors against the Golen/Gallians:

‘After the great flood that my father wrote about, many Jutlanders and Latvians were swept out with the evil Balda Sea (Baltic Sea). Drifting on the Kattegat, their boats moved towards the coasts of Denmark, where they remained. Entirely depopulated, they took possession of the land. And they gave it the name Juttarland (Jutland). Later, many Danes probably returned from the high lands, but they tended to settle in the areas to the south. When the sailors who had not perished returned, some of them went to Seelanden (Zealand). This treaty allowed the Jütten to keep the land to which Wralda had led them. The mariners of Zeeland, who did not want to occupy themselves solely with fishing and who had a great dislike of the Golen (Gauls), ventured out to rob Phoenician ships. At the south-west corner of Skenland lies Lindasburg, also called Lindasnase (Lindesnes in southern Norway), which was founded by our Apol, as it is written in this book. All the coastal and inland inhabitants there had remained true Fryas, but they joined forces with the Zealanders out of a desire for revenge against the Golen and the successors of Kälta. But this alliance did not last, as the Zealanders had adopted corrupt customs and habits from the Magyars, a mockery to the Fryas people. Later, each of the two groups went robbing for themselves, but when the time came, they faithfully stood by each other again. Eventually, however, the Zealanders found themselves short of good ships. Their shipbuilders had perished and their forests had been swept away.’

Herman Wirth provides the following summary, based on the two accounts of the disaster:

‘It is written that the earth tilted northwards at the beginning of the harvest month, sinking down, deeper and deeper. The northern part of Old Friesland, the ‘Lower Marches’, then the northern part of North Sea mainland, subsided. It is possible that a remaining part of the formerly submerged jungdiluvial Doggerland still belonged to it but has now also found its grave beneath the waves. The map of this deserted North Sea mainland still clearly shows the former course of the rivers.

... While the ‘white Aland’ refers to the North Sea country, which sank during the ‘times of tribulation’ around the turn of the 4th century, the year 1888 ‘after Atland had sunk’, we will now have to search for Altland-Atland in today's channel and south-west of Ireland. This is the area that was submerged during the Neolithic period due to a major land subsidence. Britain has been separated from the mainland ever since. And only the submerged forests – remnants of which have recently been discovered below sea level, especially on the coasts of Lancashire, Cheshire, Somerset, Devonshire (Barnstaple, Torbay), on the Thames estuary, in Essex and as far as Holderness – confirm the only existing information in the Oera Linda Book of the two ‘times of tribulation’.’

Map of Doggerland (based on C. Reid Submerged Forests. Cambridge Man. of Sc. and Lit. 62 [1913] in Reallex. der Vorgesch. VIII, 7 [1927] pan. 175 a, p. 535)

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