Urban legends

Folk Tales from East Iceland

The Serpent of Lagarfljot

According to legend deep down in the river is a monster - the serpent of Lagarfljot. The story is about a little girl who found a gold ring. She asked her mother how she could get more gold the mother told her to put the ring in a box with a heath worm.When she opened the box later the worm had grown and was much larger. She threw the ring and the worm into the river. The worm turned into a dangerous serpent. The people located a Finnish sorcerer who succeeded in tying the serpent to the river bottom. Off and on it shows its back above the water. It is now a symbol of the province.
The Serpent of Lagarfljot

The Troll-Woman of Prestagil

At the bottom of the fjord Mjoifjordur was a farm called Fjordur. It was a church-stead for hundreds of years until a troll-woman enchanted the pastors away and ate them. She would go to the church when the pastor was in the pulpit and wave her hand until they went mad and ran to the Pastor´s Gorge where she caught them. The clergy was reluctant to serve the parish. Finally one clergyman found a solution. Read about the solution in the folk tale.
The Troll-Woman of Prestagil

Manga of Modrudalur

The present church at Modrudalur was built by the farmer Jon Stefansson in memory of his wife. Jon painted the altarpiece - the Sermon on the Mount. The story of Manga tells about a pastor´s wife at Modrudalur who refused to lie still in her grave. We recommend the book: A Travelers Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales by Jon R. Hjalmarsson
Manga of Modrudalur