||Viking Solar Eclipse Festival
The festival takes place from 18-20th March at the Open Air Museum in Hoyvík near Tórshavn, Kúrdalsvegur, Hoyvík.
Opening hours 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th
Skøll & Sunna
Sunna/Sól (meaning sun) is always chased by the wolf, Skøll (treachery). Her brother Máni (moon) is chased by an equally hungry wolf called Hati (hater). During ragnarok (Armageddon) both wolves will swallow their prey. It is being said that sometimes one of the wolves succeeds in catching up and swallowing their prey. This results in solar or lunar eclipses. During this event people on earth will be horrified and will try to chase the wolf away. The wolf then spits out its catch. Our godi (Viking priest) will talk about what the Vikings believed the solar eclipse symbolized, and arrange a blot (ceremony) for Sunna.
Tróndur & Sigmundur
Tróndur í Gøtu and Sigmundur Brestisson are the main characters in the Faroese battle between paganism and Christianity. Sigmundur was sent not only to Christianize but also to put the Faroe Islands under the Norwegian king. The biggest resistance he met was from Tróndur. One day, Tróndur was dragged out of his home and given the choice of becoming a Christian or losing his life. He chose to live. Later on, Tróndur wanted revenge and went to kill Sigmundur. Sigmundur managed to escape and swam to another island. One of Tróndur's men was waiting on shore and Sigmundur was killed immediately. This story will be represented by a show-fight.