Banners brought from the victorious battle of Svensksund to Stockholm Cathedral in 1790.
"I remember well the splendour of their banners … It recalled to me the glory of the Elder Days and the hosts of Beleriand, so many great princes and captains were assembled. And yet not so many, nor so fair, as when Thangorodrim was broken, and the Elves deemed that evil was ended for ever, and it was not so.”
- Elrond half-elven.
Jan Johan Zacharias Bång, known in poetry as Sven Dufva, defending the bridge of Virta during the war of Finland 1808-1809. He fell, stung 10 times while defending the bridge against many times more numerous russians. He survived the war, and settled in northern Sweden.
Part of the poem about his bravery reads:
"That bullet knew where to hit, that must be said
so said the General “for it left his head;
for it was slow and dull, but instead went right;
Into his strong and brave heart, that never feared a fight”
And these words were spread in the army, fast in flight;
and all the soldiers they agreed that the General spoke right;
"Because the thought" they said "of Sven was often weak and wrong
A bad head he had, but his heart was true and strong.”
( Just a quick translation, not true to all words. )
Charles XII. King of Sweden. Forever pointing to the thrice-damned east.
The east has a way of swallowing men and their dreams..