Thursday, May 8, 2014

Aarhus & Aros

Together with 1,2 million people, I'm now staying in Aarhus, the biggest single city in the East Jutland metropolitan area or Byregion Østjylland, which is a co-operation with 17 municipalities.

The modern city of Aarhus
The Aarhus River is flowing through the inner city of Aarhus and ends in Aarhus Habour.

The city itself is presumably older than 770 AD, making Aarhus the oldest big city in Scandinavia.

A model of Aros, the fortified Viking town around 950 AD

During the Middle Ages the city was called Arus, and in Icelandic chronicles, it was known as Áróss. It is a compound of the two words ār, genitive of ā ("river", Modern Danish å) and ōss ("mouth", Modern Danish munding).

Medieval Denmark

Aros is also a river that ran through Beleriand in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.