Govva/Photo: Mihkku Solbakk
Morten’s last voyage – the battle of the sea-ghosts and the dead

Once upon a time two brothers, Morten and Anders, sailed to Vadsø, each with their own boat full of fish. On their voyage they had extraordinary good weather and made good speed. The following day they went back. Towards the evening they passed Klubbvik, when a strong eastern wind fell upon them, and Morten´s boat capsized near the headland of Mortensnes; because the keel hit the sea bottom and he came under the boat. Anders sailed on, but because of the difficult weather he had to stop in the bay of Mortensnes. There he sailed his boat into the shore and started walking. He had just reached Gurluovta when he saw a man walking up from the beach towards him. He stopped to wait for him, because he recognized him – it was his brother. Anders waited for his brother. When Morten came up to him, he grabs a hold of him and started dragging him towards the sea and said: "Since you did not try to save me, you will know walk with me to the bottom of the sea." Then Anders cried out: "Come to my rescue all those who are resting in their coffins." Morten cried: "All those who dwell in the sea come to help me!" An awful rustling from land and roar from the sea erupted; the dead came with pieces of coffins as weapons and the sea-ghosts came with kelpshanks. The dead fought on Anders´ side and the sea-ghosts on Morten´s side. When the dawn approached the dead left and the sea-ghosts put down their weapons, for the dead had won and the sea-ghosts lost. Anders escaped with his life. The place where the dead and the sea-ghosts fought is still called Gurluovta, which translates literally as the cleft bay, because the dead and the sea-ghosts made a cleft there.

The following day Anders came back to retrieve his boat there. There were pieces of coffin boards and kelp shanks strewn over the area, and so many that you could not even wade there. Anders walked up the hill and erected a stone there, in memory of how the dead fought on the side of the living. It is probably this stone which is called Ceavccageađge, the Fish Oil Stone, which it is referred to here. The story teller has mixed up the words "ceakkiš", which means "standing stone", and the word "ceavzit", which means "to stand fast/endure in a battle", and which is similar to the word "ceavcce", meaning "fish oil". Today the place is called Mortensnes, because, as the story teller says, Morten died near the headland.

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