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November - December, 1930 "Temple at Uppsala"

[Depicted in Indiana Jones Adventures: Vol 1, the first in the Dark Horse Comics series - released in 2008].

  • Later that Winter Indiana and family friend Marcus Brody are in Uppsala, Sweden in search of the lost Temple of Old Uppsala, in competition with another search party represented by the British Museum.   

  • Once Jones & Brody reach the church they rescue British archaeologist Theresa Lawrence who had been trapped in a pit, and together they find a map scroll to the chamber of Baldr, which leads to Lawrence’s confiscation of the Norse God’s ring. 

  • Upon escaping the sealed chamber Jones & Brody devise a plan to steal the ring back from the British museum (despite Indiana’s usual affinity for artifacts and museums), in an effort to fund more of their expeditions during the height of the Great Depression

  • Upon hiding in the museum until closing Indiana breaks into Lawrence’s office and steals back the ring, where he’s confronted by the archaeologist who tells him that it’s really the scroll that’s of value from Uppsala, which was being rigorously sought after by French archaeologist Rene Belloq who was working with the Nazi’s. 

  • During this time, Brody was accosted by Belloq and his men who lift the valuable scroll from his possession, which leads Jones, Brody and Lawrence to team up once again to tail Belloq to Marrakech

  • In Morocco, Indiana disguises himself as a local where he oversees Belloq attempt to sell the scroll to a Nazi official named Krause, who requests to see it’s ancient powers that had once been rumored to have made Odin’s men turn into ‘berserkers’ in battle. Sure enough a Nazi volunteer goes beserk once ingesting the solution, and Krause effectively shoots him dead before agreeing to purchase.

  • At the last moment a disguised Indiana steals the scroll out of Belloq’s hands and escapes into the streets, knocking over a group of belly dancers in the process who point the Nazi’s towards his direction.

  • Krause & Belloq track Indiana down and viscously assault him before retrieving the scroll from his satchel, all the while offering him a job with the Nazi’s who they reveal pays very well. It’s then when Krause notices that the actual scroll had been replaced with a copy of the Torah, as Indiana had passed off the artifact to Lawrence disguised as one of the belly dancers.

  • Lawrence was already on her way back to London and at a later point she reveals that she coordinated the scroll to be on display at the Swedish National Museum. Jones explains to Brody that he’s skeptical of that revelation, yet all the same they don’t leave empty handed either, as they reacquire Baldr’s ring and set off on their next adventure.

  • Mythology and legend present in this adventure are:

  • Temple at Uppsala - religious center within the ancient Norse religion that was said to be adorned with Gold and worshipped three specific Gods named Thor, Odin & Fryre who sat on a triple throne. The site is thought to have been located on what is now Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala) and was documented in the writings of Adam of Bremen (11th century) and Snorri Sturluson (13th century), though most scholars have questioned the validity of those accounts as historical fact.

  • Baldr - also written as Balder or Baldur - God in Norse mythology, son of Odin & Frigg and brother of Thor - whose best known for circumstances regarding his death that set off a chain of events that led to the destruction of Ragnarök. As legend states Frigg made every object in the world vow to never hurt her son Baldr, and everything obliged aside from the unassuming mistletoe, which the mischievous Loki ultimately uses to produce a magical spear (or arrow) that pierces his heart. Otherwise Baldr was also known to possess the greatest and largest ship ever built, Hringhorni, of which he was ceremoniously burnt upon following his death.  

  • Balawat Gates - three sets of bronze bands that once decorated the main doors of prominent buildings in Balawat (ancient Iraq), that is said to be one of the most significant surviving works of art from the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911-609 BC). Two of these sets of gates are today found in the British Museum, with the remaining located within the Mosul Museum in Iraq. 

  • Main locations in this adventure are:

  • Marrakech - also spelled Marrakesh - fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco that is known to be one of the great citadels in the Muslim world. With city walls and architecture primarily built of red sandstone it has been nicknamed the ‘Red City,’ and is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Africa.

  • Uppsala - fourth largest city in Sweden - home to Scandinavia’s largest cathedral (Uppsala Cathedral) and oldest university (Uppsala University), and according to medieval accounts was the site of the ancient Temple of Uppsala.

  • British Museum - located in London and established in 1753, hosts one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries of work in the world, with millions of timeless artifacts including the Rosetta Stone (Egypt), Elgin Marbles (Greece), and Benin Bronzes (Nigeria) that have been deemed controversial in respects to the British Museum refusing to return these works to their native countries. 

  • Swedish National Museum - founded in 1792 it’s now home to approximately half a million drawings from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, whereas the History Museum is a collection of historical artifacts obtained by Swedish monarchs since the 16th century. 


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