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He acquires consideration, however, by breaking open the barrow of Thorfinn's father, and not only bringing out treasures (which go to Thorfinn), but fighting with and overcoming the "barrow-wight" (ghost) itself, the first of the many supernatural incidents in the story.
There was a battle, first one, then the other gaining a slight advantage, but at last the barrow-wight fell over on his back with a huge din; whereupon Grettir drew his sword,
The Book of Romance Andrew Lang 1878
Whatever we had in stock did sell, though, so perhaps having this last straggling figure isn't so much "the movie merchandise killed its sales" as "nobody wanted to buy the barrow-wight."
Mike Sterling's Progressive Ruin Mikester 2010