The Deer Hall is an extension to the Banqueting Hall. A quick look at the walls reveals that, just like the Hunting Room, the hall is richly decorated with hunting weapons and trophies. In the olden days, most large manor houses had a “deer hall” like this one. This is where the host could regale guests with stories of his hunting adventures – with perhaps some slight exaggeration here and there.
As mentioned in the description of the Hunting Room, Count Gregers was a keen hunter, and had a particular passion for hunting with bow and arrow. Note how the Nordic longbow is clearly represented in several places along the deer hall. The tradition of hunting with bow and arrow has been handed down from grandfather to grandson, as Count Michael also enjoys this form of hunting.
Did you know? +
The majority of the game on display in the Deer Hall was shot by Count Gregers, and most of the animals are presented along with the arrows that brought them down.
SPEARS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD +
Count Gregers collected weapons from all over the world. The spears on the window sill come from Japan and China.
THE FIRST NORDIC LONGBOW +
This bow dates all the way back to the Iron Age and is one of the earliest examples of the Nordic longbow. Count Gregers was present at the excavation of this bow.
WEAPONS THROUGH THE AGES +
The collection of firearms shows how hunting weapons have developed over the years. The early weapons had to be loaded manually with powder and ball. This meant that it was only possible to fire one shot at time – and that firing it produced a huge cloud of gun smoke.
MINIATURE POISONED ARROWS +
Count Gregers brought back the miniature arrows and the bow in the small display case from a visit to the San people in the Kalahari Desert. When having the arrows framed, the count told the carpenter to be careful because the arrows were extremely poisonous. The carpenter didn’t quite believe him, but he soon changed his mind when he saw a hen drop dead from the lightest contact with one of the arrows.
HUNTING TROPHIES +
Find out more about Count Gregers’ hunting trophies and his great passion for hunting and journeys of adventure.