- the ancestral home
stories of Finfolkaheem, the ancestral home of the Finfolk, have always described
it as a true mythical paradise.
Situated at the bottom
of an unknown sea, Finfolkaheem was the permanent and dearly beloved home of the
Finfolk - the place they returned when the darkness of Orkney winter drew in,
and the might of Teran whipped the seas up into boiling
For countless generations, Orcadian storytellers
waxed lyrical about this fantastic undersea kingdom, describing with great zeal
its massive crystal halls and ornate gardens of multi-coloured seaweed.
by the phosphorescent glow of the sea, Finfolkaheem was decorated with swathes
of draped curtains whose colours shifted like the ever-changing shades of the
"Merry Dancers" - the Aurora Borealis.
of glistening white coral spiralled upwards, encrusted with pearls and precious
gemstones. The kingdom was so rich that giant pearls were littered everywhere,
often ground up by the merfolk to provide the powder that was scattered over the
mermaids' tails to give them their sparkling sheen.
the waters surrounding Finfolkaheem, the Finfolk raised sea-cattle and magical
Like the true gentry of their underwater world,
they herded whales - from which they extracted milk - and, mounted on their aquatic
steeds, would often hunt the animals of the sea using otters in place of dogs.
it came to splendour and grandeur, nothing else in Orkney folklore could come
close to the marine haven that was Finfolkaheem.