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Funzie Girt Dyke



Of Finnigirt Dr. Jacobsen says: "There are a few legends told about places along this dyke stead, and the spot where it terminates on the south side of the island has been of old a noted place for trolls.
From John Spence, 'Shetland Folk-lore' 1899. (Dr Jakobsen researched language and folklore on Shetland.)

According to Spence, whenever 'Finn' turns up in a Shetland place name it refers to a legendary race of beings, some of whom had descendants with extraordinary powers (such as being able to render themselves invisible, metamorphose into animals, and even understand the corbies - the ravens. They also had control over the weather at sea, and could find things lost at sea, and ride the 'Neugle' water horses.)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th June 2009ce
Edited 13th June 2009ce

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