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beautiful, they would straddle the fjord straight across to

Nólsoy. Sometimes a rainbow would strike Heimistova,

where their grandmother and grandfather lived, and

sometimes it would reach all the way up to Eystnes on

Eysturoy. Svartafoss was pure paradise for all who loved

berries, said their mother, drying the red berry juice off

their lips. L


ar lay splashing in the creek, and when he

came up again, mother wrapped the naked boy in her


Now everything was different. There was no one left to milk

they cows; they had gone insane and bellowed through

people’s doors.

Tóvó’s concern for Mogul was due to the way he had

reacted against his father the day Martimann wanted to kill

the dog, but he dared not tell anyone that, not even his


However, he did ask his grandfather why he did not get


Old Tóvó answered that, the fact of the matter was, he was

half-grown in 1781 when measles had raged the last time,

and that you could not have the disease twice. That was also

the reason that he was not afraid to visit people and help

them. And perhaps the old man sensed that something else

was bothering the boy, because he added that dogs whose

breath stank could not get the disease either.