Is that the Way it was?
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"