The ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) can be very large an tall, up to 30 meters. In Swedish it is named “Ask” but there is no answer to how it got that name. The wood is very hard and though, thereby suitable for boat building. For the Vikings this was an important tree both in mythology and for shipbuilding. The French and Germans sometimes called the Vikings for “Ascomanni”, they who sails with ships made from ash trees. It is also excellent to use for building crossbow. Something my son proved to me a few years ago. In the Viking mythology the world tree “Yggdrasil” was an ash tree.

As the Swedish lumberjack said, Ask no more, ha de Gött!


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  1. Thanks Ulle for this info about the Vikings for who the Ash tree was an important tree.

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  2. Very interesting Ulle!

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  3. Very nice! I like the connection to the Vikings.

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  4. I love Ash trees. We used to live in Ash Grove, Lucindale where I did my country teaching. There were beautiful Claret Ash and Golden Ash all along the street 🙂

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  5. So interesting and informative. And love the last line 🙂

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