The Giant and The Witch

Risin og Kellingin (Faroese for The Giant and The Witch) are two legendary seastacks situated just off the coast of northern Eysturoy. Legend has it, that back in ancient times, when giants roamed Iceland, they planned to travel to The Faroes and drag them back home to Iceland. And so it was, that two of these giants were sent on this mission, carrying with them only a piece of rope. Traveling under the cover of darkness, they eventually reached the far north of Eysturoy, mere hundreds of metres from the village of Eiði.

The Giant threw the rope onto the top of the cliff while the Witch fastened it to the ground. Upon attempting to pull the rope, the top of the cliff cracked, and a deep fissure appeared, that is still visible to this day. After several failed attemps, daybreak was closing in. Panic set in, and the pair attempted to shield themselves from the sun but to no avail. Today they stand petrified, gazing longingly toward their ancient home.