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If you want to get the armor and avoid killing Broggnar, then you can get to the grave by yourself: you'll still be able to use the shovel on it and he won't notice from where he originally sits crying. After that you can actually return to him and still convince him to show you where the grave is (if you need exp), while he runs away, you'll be able to safely loot the other grave next to his original spot.
You can also just dig right behind him while sneaking and he won't notice you. Or, have one character talk to him while another digs even without sneaking; he'll notice you, but won't initiate combat.