Marjun’s lifting stone
“I know what awaits. Death surely looms.
This stone will be a testament to my strength.”
These were the words of Norðnástova housemaid
Marjun, who fell pregnant out of wedlock at a time
when that was punishable by death.
Marjun was on her way along Áargil river with
the other milkmaids when they came across the stone.
She stopped in her tracks and lifted it single-handedly.
This story dates back 300 to 400 years. Since
Marjun’s feat many have tried their strength with
Marjun’s lifting stone: 287,5 kgs (575 pounds).