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Sometimes he could be hard on people, even his own men,

but he was good at getting things done.

His Christian name was Selleg, and he hailed from the

peninsula of Sveio in Hordaland. However, no one ever

called him Nils Selleg, and he always signed his name “Nils

Tvibur” in the Skansin log. He was called Tvibur because he

was a twin,


and since he had been born last, it was his older

twin brother who had acquired the land lease.

And Nils Tvibur was no self-coddler. When the gravedigger

succumbed to measles in May, Nils took up his spade, and

he also drove the horses that pulled the cart. When the

corpses were too large, he broke their necks so that he

could nail the lid on the coffin shut.

“Damn,” he said one day after hr. Hans had blessed a man

from Hoyvík whose neck he had just broken. “He looks like

he’s listening to something I can’t hear. So long as it’s not

the footfalls of Iblis.”

Hr. Hans blanched when he heard the name Iblis. “Don’t

you go spouting the name of Muslim Satan in a Christian

church,” he said, making the sign of the cross over the