|Hans Peder Pedersen-Dan's statue of Holger Danske, Holger Carlsen's "true" identity|
|First Appearance:||Three Hearts and Three Lions|
|Turtledove Appearance:||"The Man who Came Late"|
Holger Carlsen is the protagonist from Poul Anderson's 1961 fantasy novel Three Hearts and Three Lions.
Carlsen is an Allied covert operative who assists the Danish Resistance to the Nazis. After an explosion, he finds himself carried to a parallel universe, which proves to have the Matter of France as its historical past. There he finds that the evil of Faerie is encroaching on humanity. His quest finally leads him to discover that he is Ogier the Dane, sent to this universe by Morgan le Fay, and to fight the battle that drives back the evil. After succeeding in this fight, he is thrust back into our world, in which he is able to ensure that the Nazis can not stop a crucial escape of Niels Bohr from occupied Europe. At the end of the novel, he is seeking his way back in the other world, where he had fallen in love with Alianora a swan may. Holger later appears as a minor character in Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, when that novel's protagonist arrives at the magical Old Phoenix inn. Holger is still unable to return to his original home.
Holger Carlsen in "The Man who Came Late"Edit
For thirty years Holger sought Alianora and her world. He finally reached it and began to physically search the land for her. One morning he came out of a small wood and found her by a village well. However, while Alianora still had feelings for him, she had not waited for him and married and had children. She could not honorably return his love.