Egil's or Paget's disease?

T Hardarson, E Snorradottir

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Under the altar some human bones were found, much bigger than ordinary human bones, and people are confident that these were Egil's because of the stories told by old men. Skapti Thorarinsson, the Priest, a man of great intelligence, was there at the time. He picked up Egil's skull and placed it on the fence of the churchyard. The skull was an exceptionally large one and its weight was even more remarkable. It was ridged all over on the outside like a scallop shell, and Skapti wanted to find out just how thick it was, so he picked up a heavy axe, swung it in one hand and struck as hard as he was able with the reverse side of the axe, trying to break the skull. But the skull neither broke nor dented on impact, it simply turned white, and from that anybody could guess that the skull wouldn't be easily cracked by small fry while it still had skin and flesh on it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

Other keywords

  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Iceland
  • Male
  • Mythology
  • Osteitis Deformans


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