Býlingurin Á Bø í Froðba - The Old Part of Frodba with the Grave Yard and a Water Mill - Faroe Islands

Froðba is a village in Suðuroy, Faroe Islands, located on the north east side of the fjord of Trongisvágur. One of the most famous Faroese poets lived in Froðba in the part of the village which is called Á Hamri. In 2007 a memorial stone was raised in his memory. The population of Froðba is 285 (on 1 May 2010). Close to the house where Poul F. lived there are concrete ruins from the World War II. British soldiers were living here for some years during the war period.


An old legend says that the village is named after a Danish king, who was called Frode. In the Viking Age he came sailing from Denmark to Ireland, but his ship lost its way and ended up in the Frodba in Suduroy, the southernmost island of the Faroes. There was heavy fog, so he couldn't see anything. But he could hear some water running, and after a while he could see green grass, so he desided to settle down here.


Froðba has columnar basal formations along the street Froðbiarvegur. Down at the coastline there is another kind of basalt formations, shaped like a fan (folding fan). The place is called Kúlugjógv. A place east of Froðba is called Hol í Helli, which means Hole in the Cliff, it is just below the finger shaped part of the mountain, which is called Froðbiarnípa. The valley just south of Hol í Helli, is called Ásdalur. There used to be a church in Froðba. The last one was built in 1840, but a few years later, in 1856, it was moved to Tvøroyri. Later (in 1908) it was moved to Sandvík, where it still is. The church was located in the part of Froðba which is called "Á Bø", in the graveyard. It is a picturesque place with the old graveyard, two black houses, a watermill and a little river.



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