Stokkar og Steinar sf.
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Rútshellir

 
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Rútshellir

A reconstruction of an old sheep house located outside a man made cave called Rútshellir.

There are 2 man-made caves in the rock. The main cave is arched and at least 20 meters long and 2,5 meters high on average. It was used for storing hay. There is another cave, the smaller cave, which is ca 8 meters long. It is called Stúkan and might have been a heathen temple, but it might also have been a smithy. There is an opening between these two caves.

 

The story goes that the man Rútur lived in the man-made cave, some say he was an evil troll, others say he was a looter and still other people say he was an evil chieftain. The people in this region attacked him and killed him by making a hole in the cave underneath his bed and ran him through with spears, while he was in bed. Others say that they made a hole in the cave from outside and ran him through that hole with spears and killed him. They were too afraid of him to meet him outside in the field. After killing him they were still afraid of him even though he was dead and one of his killers, Björn, ran away up to the mountain, Bjarnarfell, which bears his name ever since, and yet another fled into the wilderness of Iceland. 

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