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The Giant and the Cliff

The outstanding view over Risin (The Giant), Eysturoy (Faroe Islands).

 

Risin og Kellingin (The Giant and the Witch) are two free-standing sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands, near the town of Eiði.

Risin (the Giant) is the 71 m stack further from the coast, and Kellingin (the Witch) is the 69 m pointed stack nearer land, standing on two legs.

 

According to the legend, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and decided that they wanted the Faroes. So the Giant and his wife, the Witch, were sent to the Faroe Islands to bring them back.

They reached the north-westernmost mountain Eiðiskollur, and the giant stayed in the sea while the witch climbed up the mountain with a rope to tie the islands together so that she could push them onto the giant's back, but their attempts were unsuccessful, and they struggled through the night.

They continued to struggle they didn't notice time passing, and as dawn broke a shaft of sunlight turned them to stone. They have stood there ever since, staring longingly across the ocean towards Iceland.

 

The view of Risin og Kellingin from the village of Tjørnuvík, Streymoy:

www.flickr.com/photos/little_frank/5900441175/in/set-7215...

 

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Taken on June 12, 2011