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Seal-woman
The folk-tale of the seal-woman in Mikladalur has been told for generations, and in 1891 the faroese priest and folklorist V. U. Hammershaimb had it published in his “Færøsk Anthologi, I”
In short the tale tells, that a young boy in “Sunnanágarður” (the farm south of the river), had heard, that on the night of 6. January each year the seals entered the shore of Mikladalur and undressed ther sealskin, then dancing like humans on the shore. The boy went to the shore and saw a beautifyl girl undress the sealskin. As they were dancing, he took her sealskin. At daybreak the seals dressed their sealskin and went back to the sea. The girl however could not find her skin, and at last, she found the boy with the skin. He would not give her the skin, and thus she had to follow him to the village. They lived as a couple for some years and had children. The skin was locked down in a locker and the man kept always the key. One day the man was out fishing, he suddenly was aware that he had forgotten the key at home. He then cried: “Today I loose my wife”. They hurried back to land finding the children sitting quiet, the woman had left, but hat extinguished the fireplace and kept all knives out of reach before she left, so the children should be safe. When she had found the key and then saw the sealskin, she could not help but took it. From this event derives the Faroese proverb: “Can not control you more than a seal finding his sealskin.”
Some years later men from Mikladalur planned seal hunting. The night before the seal-woman spoke to her previus husband in dreams telling him to spare the old seal at the entrance of the cave and the two young seals at the bottom of the cave – they were her spouse and her sons. The man did not listen, and afterwards the seal woman swore revenge: so many men from Mikladalur should be lost at sea or fell from the bird cliffs that they could hold each other’s hands reaching all the way round Kalsoy.
The folktale of the sealwoman is known in Skálavík in Sandoy too as well as in other countries.
1. August 2014 the statue of the sealwoman was unweiled at the shore in Mikladalur. The famous Faroese artist, Hans Pauli Olsen, has made the statue. It was a working group behind the event “Fishermans day” in Klaksvík which has arranged the projekt. The same group has arranged some statues in Klaksvík, including the “Fishing hook” in the roundabout at Borðoyavík, near the tunnel entrance in Klaksvík.
Aug 04, 2015
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Seal-woman8 viewsSeal-woman
The folk-tale of the seal-woman in Mikladalur has been told for generations, and in 1891 the faroese priest and folklorist V. U. Hammershaimb had it published in his “Færøsk Anthologi, I”
In short the tale tells, that a young boy in “Sunnanágarður” (the farm south of the river), had heard, that on the night of 6. January each year the seals entered the shore of Mikladalur and undressed ther sealskin, then dancing like humans on the shore. The boy went to the shore and saw a beautifyl girl undress the sealskin. As they were dancing, he took her sealskin. At daybreak the seals dressed their sealskin and went back to the sea. The girl however could not find her skin, and at last, she found the boy with the skin. He would not give her the skin, and thus she had to follow him to the village. They lived as a couple for some years and had children. The skin was locked down in a locker and the man kept always the key. One day the man was out fishing, he suddenly was aware that he had forgotten the key at home. He then cried: “Today I loose my wife”. They hurried back to land finding the children sitting quiet, the woman had left, but hat extinguished the fireplace and kept all knives out of reach before she left, so the children should be safe. When she had found the key and then saw the sealskin, she could not help but took it. From this event derives the Faroese proverb: “Can not control you more than a seal finding his sealskin.”
Some years later men from Mikladalur planned seal hunting. The night before the seal-woman spoke to her previus husband in dreams telling him to spare the old seal at the entrance of the cave and the two young seals at the bottom of the cave – they were her spouse and her sons. The man did not listen, and afterwards the seal woman swore revenge: so many men from Mikladalur should be lost at sea or fell from the bird cliffs that they could hold each other’s hands reaching all the way round Kalsoy.
The folktale of the sealwoman is known in Skálavík in Sandoy too as well as in other countries.
1. August 2014 the statue of the sealwoman was unweiled at the shore in Mikladalur. The famous Faroese artist, Hans Pauli Olsen, has made the statue. It was a working group behind the event “Fishermans day” in Klaksvík which has arranged the projekt. The same group has arranged some statues in Klaksvík, including the “Fishing hook” in the roundabout at Borðoyavík, near the tunnel entrance in Klaksvík.
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Skansin30 viewsSkansin (Fort of Torshavn) has been rebuilt several times since it was first built in 1580; the last time it was re-built was in 1790. Jul 08, 2015
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Kópakonan 30 viewsKópakonan in the village of Mikladalur is a beautiful statue of the Seal Woman and the legend of her heartbreak and revenge on a local community. A waterfall roars near her feet.Jul 08, 2015
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