Tindhólmur

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Tindhólmur as seen from the South-East, October 2005

Tindhólmur is an islet on the southside of Sørvágsfjørður, west of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. It has its name from the five peaks, which are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, Bogdi (Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad, Bent). The islet is uninhabited. It has 6500 m² (old Faroese style: 2 Merkur) and its highest point is 262 m.

Legends and stories[edit]

The eagle[edit]

The cruise on "Maria" 1854 - Tindhólmur stamp (FO 479), with design by Anker Eli Petersen, of Postverk Føroya. Date of issue: 26 March 2004.

According to legend, a family once lived on Tindhólmur. The family consisted of a man, a woman and a small child. One day while the father was on the sea fishing, an eagle came and snatched the child and took it to its nest on one of the peaks.

The mother - for love of her child - climbed all the way to the eagle's nest to rescue her child. Alas, when she reached the nest the eagle had plucked the child's eyes out. However, she was able to rescue the child, but unfortunately the child later died from the injuries. After that incident, the couple moved from the islet, and since that day no one has ever lived there.

The story is probably just a myth, but there are some interesting facts regarding it. One of the peaks on Tindhólmur is named The eagles' peak. Discoveries on the islet suggest that the islet has indeed been inhabited once.

Eiriksboði[edit]

Eiriksboði is a rocky formation stretching out from the islet.

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Coordinates: 62°04′39″N 7°25′57″W / 62.07750°N 7.43250°W / 62.07750; -7.43250