The discovery of Tollund Man
Illustration Niels Bach
Monday morning on May 8, 1950, the police in Silkeborg received an alarming message. On the previous Saturday, May 6, a body had been discovered in a bog close to Bjældskovdal, an area located approximately 10 kilometers west of Silkeborg. The body was discovered by two brothers and their family who were digging for peat to be used for fuel. They believed that it must have been the victim of a recent murder since it appeared so fresh. At around the same time a school boy from Copenhagen had gone missing in the central part of Jutland and the finders assumed it was his body they had discovered. When the police were told that the body had been discovered 2 ½ meters into the peat and there were no signs of recent digging they were almost certain that it was more a case for the people at Silkeborg Museum than the police.