Welcome to - a website
dedicated to the preserving, exploring and documenting the ancient history, folklore
and traditions of Orkney - a group of islands lying off the northern tip of Scotland,
Orkneyjar is a
Orkneyjar privately-run, non-profit website, created
and maintained by Orcadian, Sigurd Towrie.
The Groatsetter sword
Among the many artefacts uncovered over the years, a Bronze Age wooden sword is unique in Orkney.
Like the Orkney Hood, the Groatsetter sword was uncovered in a heavily peated area of St Andrews - the anaerobic conditions leading to its remarkable state of preservation.
The Sandwick King Stone
Within the legend of the Belted Knights of Stove, there is one element that seems strangely out of place.
The section that relates to the disguised king combing his hair by a stone brings little to the narrative and instead appears to be a later addition.
Could it have been a later "insertion" to conveniently explain the origin of the stone's name?
The Siege of Cubbie Roo's Castle
Towards the middle of the 13th century, when Earl Jon Haraldson held the islands, a man named Snaekoll Gunnisson demanded the former Earl Rognvald’s lands in Orkney.
The great-grandson of Earl Rognvald, and the nephew of Earl Harald Eiriksson (also known as Harald Ungi - ‘the younger’), Snaekoll claimed the holdings were his by right of inheritance.
But Earl Jon refused.
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