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Grave Of Egil Skalla-Grimsson Found? (Iceland)
Iceland Review ^ | 8-9-2005

Posted on 08/18/2005 3:07:15 PM PDT by blam

08/09/2005 | 13:05

Grave of Egil Skalla-Grímsson found?

Icelandic State Radio reports that the possible grave site of Egil Skalla-Grímsson, one of Iceland's most famous vikings, has been found under the altar of a church from the settlement period. No bones were found at the burial site.

Jessie Byock, archeology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles who is in charge of the excavation, emphasizes that the work being done in Mosfellsdal is not directed at finding the grave site of Egil Skalla-Grímsson. The excavation has taken many years and the church at Hrísbrú is the seventh dig site.

The purpose of the dig is to map the settlement in Mosfellsdal as it was in the time of the Vikings and understand how people lived. Professor Byock told television station Stod 2 that if they also find the burial site for Egil Skalla-Grímsson he will be very happy; it is known that Egill was buried in the area.

In the Icelandic Saga, Egil's Saga, Egil is said to have been buried underneath a church that his foster daughter Thórdís had built, but his bones were subsequently moved to a site near Mosafellsdal. The grave under the church is over two meters long, and Egil is described as having been a tall and powerfully built man.

Professor Byock says the excavation team has gained insight into the Viking Age settlement in Mosfellsdal The excavation has unveiled information on the health conditions of the people - cancer and tuberculosis were prevalent - as well as other aspects of the cultural make up.

Born around 910 A.D., Egil early showed considerable promise; he got drunk at three and killed at six. But he also revealed a more cerebral and softer side by commemorating his first slaying with a poem, paying tribute to his mother and presciently predicting his own glorious career as a viking.

During his long life, Egil not only killed but also gouged eyes out of some of his enemies and vomited over others.When his brother Thorolf died as they were fighting for King Athelstan at the battle of Vin Moor (also known as the battle of Brunnanburh) during the Scots invasion of England in 937, Egil went berserk and chased the enemy until there was no one left to kill. Only the English King's gift of two chests full of silver soothed his murderous mood.

A long running feud with Erik Bloodaxe, King of Norway, reached a climax when Egil became Erik's captive at York. Overnight he paid tribute to Erik in a poem, "Head-Ransom", and the King could only release him the next day.

Later in life, Egil fell in to a deep suicidal depression after loosing two sons. At the instigation of his daughter, instead of taking his life he eulogized them in a poem, "Lament of my sons", recovering his spirits along the way.

In old age Egil lost his sight and lived with his foster daughter and her husband at Mosfell. Shortly before his death, he asked if he could join them for the annual session of parliament at Thingvellir. When they inquired why, he replied that he intended to scatter the English silver around when parliament was in full session, hoping to instigate a fight. "It will be a big surprise to me if people agree to divide the silver evenly," he said. But his hosts were less keen on the plan, and Egil had to stay home. While everyone was away at parliament, he took his two chests of silver, a horse and two slaves and "for a short trip" he claimed. The next day, Egil and the horse were found wandering in the fields, but neither the chests of silver nor the slaves have been seen since.


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1 posted on 08/18/2005 3:07:17 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 08/18/2005 3:07:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Wow.


3 posted on 08/18/2005 3:10:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: blam

I bet he was fun.


4 posted on 08/18/2005 3:11:17 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (How many liberals does it take to win a war?)
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To: blam

Their evidence sounds pretty weak to me.


5 posted on 08/18/2005 3:11:20 PM PDT by Jaysun (Democrats: We must become more effective at fooling people.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Absolutely!

When they inquired why, he replied that he intended to scatter the English silver around when parliament was in full session, hoping to instigate a fight.

6 posted on 08/18/2005 3:13:58 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: blam

BTTT


7 posted on 08/18/2005 3:14:12 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: blam

Sounds like he had the right attitude to make it in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball.


8 posted on 08/18/2005 3:14:38 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (The Democrat party is the official party of the Morlocks.)
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To: blam
Egil early showed considerable promise; he got drunk at three and killed at six.

Promise of what?

9 posted on 08/18/2005 3:18:32 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sicked and tired!)
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To: blam

Geez, I didn't even know he had died!


10 posted on 08/18/2005 3:19:57 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: blam
During his long life, Egil not only killed but also gouged eyes out of some of his enemies and vomited over others.

We finally found a disgusting habit that the dregs of modern society have yet to find fashionable.

11 posted on 08/18/2005 3:21:11 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sicked and tired!)
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To: blam
York Vicking Bone Quiz
12 posted on 08/18/2005 3:24:05 PM PDT by lizma
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To: Tacis

LOL!!


13 posted on 08/18/2005 3:26:36 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: ElkGroveDan
During his long life, Egil not only killed but also gouged eyes out of some of his enemies and vomited over others.

We had George Washington; they had Egil.

It is fortunate that they only got as far as Newfoundland.

14 posted on 08/18/2005 3:26:52 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: Tribune7

We need him in Washington.


15 posted on 08/18/2005 3:40:13 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: blam

Maybe I didn't read too closely, but where are the bones?


16 posted on 08/18/2005 3:41:17 PM PDT by luvbach1 (From the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: blam

Whoops. I see it now.


17 posted on 08/18/2005 3:41:51 PM PDT by luvbach1 (From the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: blam

No Viking funeral?


18 posted on 08/18/2005 3:45:52 PM PDT by bayourod (Blue collar foreign laborers create white collar jobs. If they come they will build it.)
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To: blam

I do hope they have found ole Egil. I lay awake at night just tossing and turning wondering what ever happened to ole Egil. ;)


19 posted on 08/18/2005 3:49:29 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Good afternoon.
"I bet he was fun."

The story is told that he killed for the first time when another boy beat him at a game. Egil grabbed an ax and split the boy's skull. Supposedly Egil's mother was very proud of him and paid the blood debt to the dead boy's family with a smile on her face.

Some people believe that he had a disease of the brain that made him so crazy violent.

Michael Frazier
20 posted on 08/18/2005 3:59:56 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: Chena

I thought he was driving carriages around Central Park? Or was that the Citi Bank card commercial.....


21 posted on 08/18/2005 4:08:25 PM PDT by BoneHead (watching way too much television)
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To: blam
This guy???:

Egil's Bones An Icelandic saga tells of a Viking who had unusual, menacing features, including a skull that could resist blows from an ax.

Egil, the son of Skalla-Grim...

22 posted on 08/18/2005 4:08:46 PM PDT by null and void (Be vewwy vewwy qwiet, we're hunting wahabbits...)
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To: blam
This takes me back to the year I lived in Iceland and the three years I lived in England.

The saga of Egil Skallagrimsson is one of the greatest tales in Icelandic literature. In the city of York (then "Yarvik") Bloodaxe had determined to execute Skallagrimmson the next morning. But Skallagrimsson stayed up all night composing and commiting to memory "The Head Ransom" a poem offered--literally--as a ransom for Skallgrimsson's own head. It was considered a poetic tour de force, although I am sure you had to "be there" to really appreciate it.

The vikings were tough hombres. Gouging out an opponent's eyes is bad enough, but for real impact they devised the "blood eagle," whereby they would hack open the backs of their vanquished foes and pull their lungs through the openings to evoke the appearance of wings. This was intended to terrorize the local populations that they wished to conquer, and tended ot have that very effect.

In Yorkshire today you can see clear evidence (faces and hair) of the Viking influence in the gene pool of the local population.

One group of vikings went west and settled Iceland. Another group went east and settled along the great rivers of Russia.

23 posted on 08/18/2005 4:14:30 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: Kennard

LOL. In 919AD I don't think our forebears were any different from this guy.


24 posted on 08/18/2005 4:15:55 PM PDT by dmz
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To: brazzaville

" Some people believe that he had a disease of the brain that made him so crazy violent."

Perhaps he just found an early addtion of a Qur'an.


25 posted on 08/18/2005 4:17:26 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: blam
Later in life, Egil fell in to a deep suicidal depression after loosing two sons.

Wonder if they were as hugh as he was.

26 posted on 08/18/2005 4:20:28 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Corin Stormhands; g'nad

Friend of yours? My condolences.


27 posted on 08/18/2005 4:29:11 PM PDT by ExGeeEye ("We've had one, yes. But what about Second Breakfast?")
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To: ElkGroveDan
he got drunk at three and killed at six.

Jeeeze, that's nottin. I heerd a'guys who was drunk afore noon, and wast dun kilt less'n an hour later.

28 posted on 08/18/2005 4:37:01 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Marching Morons are coming...and they're breeding more Democrats beyond all reason!)
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To: null and void

Egil's Bones


29 posted on 08/18/2005 4:42:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I enjoyed the article. Then, on a whole different level, I enjoyed the comments.


30 posted on 08/18/2005 4:42:31 PM PDT by Bahbah (Air America: kids-for-kilowatts)
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To: Bahbah

I read this to mean he was dead at age six. "He got drunk at three and killed at six." Talk about a poorly cast sentence...


31 posted on 08/18/2005 4:46:21 PM PDT by szweig
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To: blam

I like Vikings.

Kirk Douglas was always my favorite Jewish Viking.


32 posted on 08/18/2005 4:48:04 PM PDT by wardaddy (Israel will get nothing for Gaza.)
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To: null and void

Fascinating article at that link, thanks for the post


33 posted on 08/18/2005 4:48:04 PM PDT by ghostcat
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To: blam

Wow, again!


34 posted on 08/18/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: szweig
Talk about a poorly cast sentence...

They will do no better than their teachers are capable of, it seems to me.

35 posted on 08/18/2005 4:55:45 PM PDT by Bahbah (Air America: kids-for-kilowatts)
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To: blam

A guy who looked like that would give me a heck of a scare.


36 posted on 08/18/2005 4:56:57 PM PDT by Bahbah (Air America: kids-for-kilowatts)
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To: MeanWestTexan

LOL. Can't argue with that!


37 posted on 08/18/2005 5:09:30 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: blam
Hmph. Talk about conjecture. Considering that Egil's Saga was most likely composed by Snorri Sturlason, and that Snorri was much more a poet than a historian (see the Prose Edda), I seriously doubt that Egil's life was anything like the saga suggests. This should be placed on the same plane as Brits claiming to have found Robin Hood's grave, or the exact site of Camelot. Sure, there probably was a Egil Skallagrimsson (the Icelanders keep very good geneologies... all the way back to the founding), and he probably was both fierce enough and literate enough to be memorable, but beyond that any other declaration is risky...
38 posted on 08/18/2005 5:12:55 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)

Oh, that's no fun!


39 posted on 08/18/2005 5:16:56 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: blam
Wow, what a guy!  Bet he was a lot of fun.

But, seriously, here's a short article on DNA testing of Scots showing their Viking heritage:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/bloodofthevikings/genetics_results_02.shtml

40 posted on 08/18/2005 5:30:35 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: blam

What a charming fellow.


41 posted on 08/18/2005 5:35:19 PM PDT by virgil
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To: Marine_Uncle
Good evening.
"Perhaps he just found an early addtion of a Qur'an."

Maybe he crossed paths with Ibn Fadlhan.

I have long thought that ocean sailing in open boats wearing wool and leather was what made the Norse so mean.

After a few days beating from some cold northern country they would have nasty salt sores and be truly pissed at the world by the time they made landfall on Britain. The monks would bear the brunt of their anger.


Michael Frazier
42 posted on 08/18/2005 6:06:44 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: brazzaville

"After a few days beating from some cold northern country they would have nasty salt sores and be truly pissed at the world by the time they made landfall on Britain. The monks would bear the brunt of their anger."

Yes. Sort of tough old sea dogs, real bastards. Hate to have to tangle with one of em. Probably rip my head off before I knew my head was off. heh heh heh. I am learning how to losen up at FR. I had been told in no certain terms I am to damn serious. Have a good one.


43 posted on 08/18/2005 6:15:29 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Tax-chick
Well, I kinda' had to. I did my grad work in Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic literature (hence the tagline), and I hardly ever get to use it. It's not like it's a normal major: there are only three of us, and two are certifiably, carpet-chewing, moonbat nuts. I don't know where the sane one lives (Minnesota, I think)...

*grin*

44 posted on 08/18/2005 6:20:16 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)

How interesting! I was telling one of my sons recently that he could go to college and study Icelanding, if he really wanted to. (Seriously ... he was wondering if you could only learn useful stuff in college.)


45 posted on 08/18/2005 6:22:01 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: ExGeeEye; Corin Stormhands

Egil is muh role model...

muh mothers side is from Yorkshire... lotsa Viking blood round those parts still...


46 posted on 08/18/2005 7:20:17 PM PDT by g'nad
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To: Marine_Uncle
Thank you, much.

My grandson gets to play a viking in a school play this year and I get to make his gear and weapons. He's going to be one bad 9 year old. I think I'm going to enjoy it more than he is.

Have a good night.
47 posted on 08/18/2005 7:26:31 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: szweig
I read this to mean he was dead at age six. "He got drunk at three and killed at six." Talk about a poorly cast sentence...

You're daft.

It's read as. "He got drunk at three and {he} killed at six."

The meaning is perfectly clear and finely cast.

48 posted on 08/18/2005 8:23:36 PM PDT by paulat
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To: brazzaville
My grandson gets to play a viking in a school play this year and I get to make his gear and weapons.

Please, no horns on the helmets!!! That is completely historically inaccurate (and even defeats the purpose of the helmet, which is to deflect a blow).

The best explanation (apochryphally) of the "viking horned helmet" comes from the staging of Wagner's Ring. The costumer used various source material to develop the costumes, one of which was an old painting of vikings standing together. He mistook the blade of a spear that was hidden behind a viking to be a horn coming out of the helmet, and designed his costumes accordingly. Thus, the horned viking helmet became ingrained in popular opinion, despite absolutely no evidence for it from the vikings or their artifacts. Or so the story goes...

P.S. chain mail over a leather jerkin, a conical helmet with a piece coming down over the nose, and a broad-bladed sword or axe are pretty standard...

49 posted on 08/18/2005 8:39:20 PM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwt! Lr bi mst hord, solce!)
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To: brazzaville

" Have a good night."
And you to. Hope he doesn't knock anyone of the stage. Enjoy the play. Kids are truely great!


50 posted on 08/18/2005 9:34:25 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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