The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

The everlasting battle

Centuries ago a young maiden was abducted and carried through Scapa Flow to the island of Hoy. Her father was furious and would accept no offers of peace from her captor.

The end result was that the maiden’s prince and her father took part in a fierce battle on Hoy. No one knows how it ended as the girl turned out to be a Valkyrie – a divine maiden chosen by the Norse God Odin to select brave warriors for Valhalla.

Every evening she restored the dead to life, along with their weapons, and each morning they rose to fight again.

The battle continues to this day and it is said it will do so until the end of all things.

 An Orkney Anthology