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P.V. Glob :
"The Bog People - Iron-Age Man Preserved"
Faber & Faber, London, UK, 1988
This is the story.
At one time there was a regular plague of hauntings on a hill in Dyndved. Not far away, across the straits of Als, on the mainland, there lived a clergyman who heard that there was "trouble at the hill". Being a man of action, he sailed to the island and went to the hill with a large oak stake and a hammer and went around to find the right spot. Don't ask me how he did it. Guided by God no doubt. Those exorcist-vampire-slayers seem to have their trade secrets. When he had found the spot, he hammered the stake in and from that very moment everything was normal again.
Fourty years later, a man called Faben who worked for the museum Sonderborg Castle, made excavations in that same Dyndved hill. And - Lo and behold ! - he found a thousand-year-old Viking grave. And he also found the clergyman's stake that had been hammered straight through the undead Viking's breast !
Sadly, no exact date is given. Mr. Glob says 50 years ago. His book was published in 1965, so let us say it must have been in the early 20th Century that the staking is supposed to have taken place. Mr. Faben's excavation is said to have taken place some 40 years later, which would put it around 1955 or so.
Dyndved can be found in the north-west of the island of Als. Sadly, the place itself isn't on Google Streetview yet, but the main road going past Dyndved is. It gives you a nice impression of the landscape and such.
For a long time I have been irritated by the fact that Denmark was still missing in our list of vampire countries. Not having access to most of my files, I thought I had found one, but rather annoyingly it had to be moved to Iceland. I know that there must be further Danish cases. And hundreds of other cases from various countries. But for the moment they are out of reach, somewhere at the bottom of a large pile of boxes.
As to this case, Professor Glob seems to be a serious scientist who may make speculations at times, but is unlikely to spread fairytales that are not based on reality. So I take it that these things must have really happened.
Professor Glob must have found this story somewhere. Let us try to find out where that was. Is he still alive ? If not, what has happened to his papers ? Does the University have them ? Did they go to a library ? It does not seem unlikely that this museum official Mr. J. Faben has published a report about his discovery. Let us try to find that report. We could see if the story made its way into the newspapers. And perhaps there are still people around who know more details about this story. It would also be rather interesting to know who the clergyman was. Someone who has the courage to stake a restless Viking should still be remembered and not remain nameless.
© 2010 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 08 February 2010