if the old oak could talk

“A large oak tree is just a little nut that refused to give up.”
David McGee

This oak was already found when Wanås castle began to build in the 1400s. During the 1500s and 1600s, Sweden’s and Denmark’s war had a vulnerable position.It is alleged that several snap hats were hung up in the big squirrel after they were executed and that “rescue companies” should have sheltered under the oak to the keep counsel for advisory. In war times there were some rules on how to treat prisoners of war in a dignified way.

It is told that some of them ended their days hanging in the tree, but if there are no written sources. Personal I think it happened.

During war times, there were some rules on how to treat prisoners of war in a dignified manner. But the Swedes did not think that snapphanar belonged to the Danish army.
The Skåne War they were regarded as traitors and were punished with death. Several were called for a special snapphane tribunal established by Swedish king Karl X1 in Skåne and Blekinge.

Both unmarried robbers and freshmen could get the same punishment. Their crimes were considered very serious because they had sat down against the king. The executions were particularly cruel and prolonged to deter others in rebellious thoughts.

They could start with rioting when the deaths of the dead were broken. The actual execution was usually done by culling. Sometimes the prisoner was hanged or beheaded before the body was dulled. It was also common for the body to be divorced by so-called roaring and placed for public viewing instead of being buried in worship soil.


A snapphane was a member of a 17th-century pro-Danish guerrilla organisation that fought against the Swedes in the Second Northern and Scanian Wars, primarily in the former eastern Danish provinces which in the course of these wars became southern Sweden. Many pro-Danish guerrilla fighters referred to themselves as friskyttar, i.e. volunteer militiamen.

The term snapphane, which was used as a pejorative term by the Swedes to describe the pro-Danish rebels, was originally a word for gangs of bandits that lived in the woods. When Scanian exiled peasants were organised by the Danish king into bands that fought the Swedes with guerrilla methods, they were called Snapphane too.

The last suspected snapphane, Nils Tuasen‚ was executed in 1700 for slaying a Swedish soldier in 1677. He had allegedly spent 22 years in exile in Denmark but ultimately returned, upon which he was arrested and put to death.

The tree is partially hollow and filled with wood mold, so the natural values are high. A lot of endangered and rare lichens and beetles have been found in the tree, and the number of cavities is a great joy for birds and bats.

The oak tree was in circumference, 760 cm  when last measured in 2014.

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