Information and Pictures

about the BOG PEOPLE


THE GRAUBALLE MAN from Silkeborg now in Moesgården Museum in Aarhus, Denmark

          All the bog bodies/skeletons were found where the colored dots are! 

Below is the body known as the TOLLUND MAN:

websites for further info:

Seamus Heaney poem "The Grauballe Man"

Heaney articles

Heaney praises Eminem

See below pix from Wally's visit to Moesgården, the museum in Aarhus, Denmark , where

the famous Grauballe man was found!

Wally and Carina are on their way to the Mosegården Museum

and now we go to see Grauballe MAN:

The Grauballe Man by Seamus Heaney

As if he had been poured

in tar, he lies

on a pillow of turf

and seems to weep

the black river of himself.

The grain of his wrists

is like bog oak,

the ball of his heel

like a basalt egg.

His instep has shrunk

cold as a swan's foot

or a wet swamp root.

His hips are the ridge

and purse of a mussel,

his spine an eel arrested

under a glisten of mud.

The head lifts,

the chin is a visor

raised above the vent

of his slashed throat

that has tanned and toughened.

The cured wound

opens inwards to a dark

elderberry place.

Who will say 'corpse'

to his vivid cast?

Who will say 'body'

to his opaque repose?

And his rusted hair,

a mat unlikely

as a foetus's.

I first saw his twisted face

in a photograph,

a head and shoulder

out of the peat,

bruised like a forceps baby,

but now he lies

perfected in my memory,

down to the red horn

of his nails,

hung in the scales

with beauty and atrocity:

with the Dying Gaul

too strictly compassed

on his shield,

with the actual weight

of each hooded victim,

slashed and dumped.


a review of the poem