Europe: Megalits / Tjelvar's Grave

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Tjelvar’s grave is a legendary Bronze Age boat-shaped grave. It is a popular site, drawing many visitors. According to the Medieval tale Gutasagan, Gotland was first discovered by a man named Tjelvar. At that time the island was so bewitched that it sank by day and rose up at night. That man, however, was the first that brought fire to the island and afterwards it never sank again.Tjelvar later became the ancestor of all Gotlanders. This is the opening part of the Guta saga on the origin of the Gotlanders. The manuscript of the saga was probably of late 13th century date.Tjelvar was said to live at Tjelders in Boge, and to be buried in a boat-shaped grave not far away.


 

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