TRAGEDY AT BARNAFOSS - PART II / II
…..When the churchgoers returned home, the lads were nowhere to be found. Their mother ordered a search, but for a long time this was fruitless. Eventually she learned what had happened, for someone had seen the boys on their way to the river but had been to late to save them. The woman then grey very upset and angry, and she had the stone arch over the river broken down, saying that no one should cross it alive ever again. The waterfall has been identified with this event ever since, and is now known as Barnafoss (Children’s Falls).
The mother was especially distressed that her sons’ bodies were not found, so that they might lie in consecrated ground. She promised that she would give the estate of Nordur-Reykir to the church in the parish where their bodies were washed ashore, and that she would give the estates of Hraunsas and Husafell to the church where they were buried. Shortly after this, the boys’ bodies were washed ashore near Nordur-Reykir, in the parish of Reykholt. Her sons were laid to rest at Reykholt and all three estates passed into the possession of Reykholt Church.