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Type: Paperbook
Categories: History
Origin country: Denmark
Translation: Absalon Absalonsen
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99972-1-207-8
Date of publication : 6. October 2016
Pages: 158

Turkaránið í Vestmannaoyggjum

Jens Riise Kristensen

Ólavur describes the incomprehensible brutality. 

Manni, who was called Bjarni Valdson, got his head cut off just below the eyes while his wife walked by his side and saw everything. She screamed and fell fainting over the dead body of her husband, but they grabbed his feet, dragged him away, feet over their shoulder as if he was a dead sheep. The dead one they cut into pieces as when the carcass of a lamb is chopped into small pieces and thrown in a soup.


Turkish pirates went on their merciless raids in the Faroes as well in the 17th century. Therefore, the Turk Raids in Hvalba are added to the Icelandic tale here.

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