Tróndur í Gøtu

Tróndur í Gøtu (Icelandic: Þrándur í Götu, Old Norse Þrǫ́ndr í Gǫtu) (c. 945 – 1035) was a Viking era chieftain from the Faroe Islands.[1]

Tróndur í Gøtu
Parent(s)Torbjørn Gøtuskegg and Guðrún
Tróndur í Gøtu raises the hammer of Thor against the arrival of Christianity in the Faroes, on a 2000 stamp
Tróndur í Gøtu chants his curse against Christianity and Sigmundur Brestisson; 2004 stamp illustrating Janus Djurhuus' poem


Tróndur í Gøtu lived at his father's home in the village of Gøta on the island of Eysturoy. Initially Tróndur and his brother Thorlac drew lots to decide who should inherit the estate. After losing, Thorlac went to live in neighbouring islands with his wife. The siblings eventually lived together at Gøta with their children.[1]

Tróndur opposed Christianization of the Faroes and pronounced a curse against the religion and rival chieftain Sigmundur Brestisson who was promulgating it. He and Sigmundur Brestisson are central figures in the Færeyinga saga, which tells the early history of the Faroe Islands and the coming of Christianity to the islands. This is also the subject of the poem "Gandkvæði Tróndar" by the Faroese poet Janus Djurhuus (1881–1948).[2][3][4]

Icelandic sayingEdit

Færeyinga saga was written in Iceland shortly after 1200. The saga is the oldest recorded source of the history of the Faroe Islands. It is commonly believed to have relied upon oral testimonies from the Faroe Islands. Tróndur í Gøtu himself was probably unknown to most Icelanders, explaining why the words þrándur and götu may be commonly lower cased. Because Tróndur opposed royal taxation, Icelanders might think that þrándur literally means an obstacle.[5][6][7]

The saying in the Icelandic language, vera einhverjum Þrándur í Götu (e. being someones Þrándur í Götu) or just vera þrándur í götu (e. to be a þrándur í götu), means to be an obstacle to somebody.[8]

In the popular cultureEdit

To present day Faroese Tróndur í Gøtu is considered a national hero. The Faroese music band Týr wrote a song called "Tróndur í Gøtu" in honor of this famous Faroese warrior which was released in 2009 on the album By the Light of the Northern Star.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Tróndur í Gøtu". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sigmundur Brestisson (961-1005)". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Monument of Sigmundur Brestisson - Swimming from Skúvoy to Suðuroy". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  4. ^ J.H.O. Djurhuus: en litterær biografi, by Hanus Kamban, translated by Kirsten Brix (Odense Universitetsforlag, 2001} ISBN 9788778386045
  5. ^ Málfarsbankinn
  6. ^ "þrándur". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  7. ^ C. C. Rafn, 1832. "Færøboernes historie". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "vera þrándur í götu". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tyr, By the Light of the Northern Star". Retrieved November 1, 2019.

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