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Native name Fairy Ring
A picture of the stone circle
LocationShetland, Scotland
Coordinates60°36′36.57″N 0°51′49.95″W / 60.6101583°N 0.8638750°W / 60.6101583; -0.8638750Coordinates: 60°36′36.57″N 0°51′49.95″W / 60.6101583°N 0.8638750°W / 60.6101583; -0.8638750
BuiltDuring the Neolithic Period
Architectural style(s)British pre-Roman Architecture
Hjaltadans is located in Shetland
Hjaltadans shown within Shetland

Hjaltadans, also known as Fairy Ring or Haltadans stone circle, is a stone circle on the island of Fetlar in Shetland, Scotland.[1] This site is a ring of 38 stones,[2] of which 22 are still fixed in the soil, and it is 11 metres (37 ft) in diameter.[3] Inside this is an earthen ring 7.9 metres (26 ft) in diameter, with a 1.5 metres (5 ft) gap in the southwest side.[1] In the center of the rings are two rectangular pillars.[1][3]

According to J. Jakobsen, the name Haltadans means: "lame or limping dance".[4] This is a reference to the legend that the circle of stones was once a circle of dancing trolls and that the two rock pillars in the centre were once a fiddler and his wife.[3] They had fiddled and danced all night long, and, heedless of the time, were still fiddling and dancing when the sun rose and petrified them all.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Hjaltadans". Stone Circle in Scotland in Shetland. Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Hamish Haswell (16 May 1998). "Fetlar Island of the Week". Scotland Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Fetlar, Gravins, 'Haltadans'". Canmore Site Records. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. ^ Jakobsen, J. (1897). The Dialect and Place-Names of Shetland. pp. 116–117.