The Bjaeldskovdal bog is almost in the middle of nowhere, six miles outside the town of Silkeborg, in Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. This region has only a carpet of moss with a few trees sticking out. Describing it would be fairly simple: creepy. But back in 1950, something extraordinary broke the silence of this area. Brothers Viggo and Emil Hojgaard along with Viggo’s wife Grethe found the body of a man. He wore a belt and an unusual cap on his extremely well-preserved remains. A leather thong around his neck seemed to have been what killed him. Apart from his rubbery and deflated body, the Tollund Man looked like a person living nowadays. Except he lived abut 2,300 years ago.
Now, he sits at the Silkeborg Museum, in his glass case. According to Ole Nielsen, director of the museum, people get unusually quiet every time they see him. There have been cases when people have even fainted. His features seem to be those of a man who might wake up from sleeping too much to ask what happened to him. For years, the fascination for this man prompted experts to try and find more about him. Who was he? Where did he come from? And more importantly, how did he die?
The fascinating Tollund Man
According to some experts, his killing might have been a sacrifice to the gods. They believe this was the case because he was placed in a bog, a special place, a gateway to the underworld. That environment probably allowed the body to be so well-preserved. Upon conducting an autopsy on him, the experts found that all of his insides were in there, in perfect condition.
This man is the best-preserved individual who is part of a group called the “bog bodies”. Over the years, experts have stumbled upon men, women, teenagers and children in various bogs in Northern Europe. They are all a mystery and scientists are still trying to find out more about them.
Image source: wikimedia