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Was the Tollund Man a well respected man and
maybe the father of a family? Extra large picture.
More illustrations. © Niels Bach
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Or was he a captured enemy, thrall or criminal?
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Many people have tried to imagine what life was like at the time of the Tollund Man, how he lived and how he died.

A museum curator's story about the Tollund Man

Museum curator Christian Fischer from Silkeborg Museum has used all the facts we have about the Tollund Man to write a short story about how he thinks the Tollund Man's life ended.

Christian Fischer's story about the Tollund Man

A Nobel Prize winner's poem about the Tollund Man

The Irish Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney wrote his very famous poem "The Tollund Man" in the guest book of Silkeborg Museum in 1973. The first lines of the poem:

Some day I will go to Aarhus *
To see his peat-brown head,
The mild pods of his eye-lids,
His pointed skin cap.

* Heaney purposely writes that he will go to Aarhus to see the Tollund Man even though he knows that he is on display in Silkeborg. But in Heaney's opinion "Aarhus" goes better with the metrical feet.

You can read the poem in both Danish and English.

Read and listen to a reading of the poem "The Tollund Man"

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Christian Fischer's story about the Tollund Man
One winter's day - or maybe it was an early spring day - approximately 2,300 years ago a man sat down to eat a meal...

Read and listen to a reading of a poem about the Tollund Man
Some day I will go to Aarhus...


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Books at Silkeborg Public Library:

Bøger Stories from the Iron Age
Exciting books that take place at the time of the Tollund Man, for children and adults

More books etcetera.


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