THE TIME HAS COME, BUT THE OLD MAN HAS NOT COME YET, say the old men when they tell of the evil ghost said to live in the Alling river, near Sjellebro in Denmark.
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Background: THE TIME HAS COME, BUT THE OLD MAN HAS NOT COME YET, say the old men when they tell of the evil ghost said to live in the Alling river, near Sjellebro in Denmark.
Every year, so the legend goes, the ghost of the river will take the life of a human being. Once the river went six years without claiming a victim, but then, in the seventh year, a runaway car crashed into the running waters taking seven people to their death.
The account had been straightened up again.
Handed down from generations to generations, the myth is now dismissed as an old legend and the road over the river has now been made safe for all travlers. But recent discoveries have shown that travlers of the past had ample warning of the dangers of the river. A huge stone showing the horror stricken face of a man the has been discovered by the Danish archaeologist Harold Langberg, and this may have served to warn people when they crossed the dangerous river.
On the other hand, the stone - like many of the road - signs of today - might wall have warned travlers of other traffic crossing their path. Close to the spot where the stone was discovered, a working party from the Danish National Museum has discovered the remains of an old bridge make by wooden.
This is the second time that a working party from the Danish National Museum has unearthed one of these stones - a similar historic sign is now on show in the Museum in Aarhus.