Not 1099, that was the date of the First Crusade. 1119 is when Hugues de Payens and Godfrey de Saint-Omer founded what became Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar), well after the Viking Age (most of the Viking world was Christian by the year 1000). The idea of the Templars showing up in North America always (in all my reading) happens AFTER the suppression of the order by King Philip IV of France and Pope Pope Clement V in 1307. It is thought in some quarters that some members of the Templars took the Templar treasures and escaped via ship the night that the Templars in France were arrested and made their way to North America.
The Vikings (catch all umbrella term, as they were Danes, Norwegians and Swedes) are known for a fact to have been in what is now Newfoundland around the year 1000. It is strongly suspected that they would have sailed down the east coast of North America for a bit (google Vinland). As for the thought that they went as far inland as modern day Minnesota, this is still a very controversial subject, as much of the evidence offered as proof, such as the Kensington Runestone, are strongly suspected, or proven to be, a hoax.
Now, that said, any further discussion of the possibility of Vikings in Minnesota and Templars anywhere in North America (with or without the Vikings who pre-dated the order) shall hereby take place in the Folklore and Urban Legends board.
Haunted Places Board.
On this whole Viking/Nordic thing, let me say again that I just recently heard about The Westford Knight http://en.wikipedia....Westford_Knight and it is about 5 miles from here so I had to check it out.
A connection I see to what I’ve been experiencing in these woods is a symbol which has shown up on 2 quartz stones, and a deer pawed out the same symbol in the snow over the location of one of those stones, and I’ve seen the same symbol on supposed rune stones in my area on-line this week.
Let me say what I felt on today’s hike. It was a balmy 50 degrees. Damp and overcast. Just an eerie morning.
When I go to the top of the highest peak here I heard and felt some giant rumbles – as if a couple large boulders beneath the soil were rubbing against each other. Maybe there was a tiny earth trembler here this morning?
I’ve never felt or heard that in the nearly 20 years I’ve hiked this spot.