No one else who has lived in Miðvágur has been wider known, then Beinta and Arabo. Arabo was the priest on the island of Vagar, and Beinta was his wife. Many legends and stories have been told with them as main characters. In the stories, Beinta often is portrayed as a bit of a hag, but it is doubtful that she deserves such a harsh reputation.
Arabo chases away pirates in Sandavág
Arabo liked sitting on this rock. Here he was free to ponder life’s enigmas in peace. He was sitting on this rock when the sheriff from Sandavág sent for help. A ship, supposedly French, had laid anchor off Sandavág. The captain demanded the daughter of the sheriff in marriage or he was going to burn down the village. Arabo walked down to the beach and wrote some magic letters in the sand with a stick. Then throwing a hand full of sand in to the sea. Almost instantly a mighty wind arose and forced the captain to cut the mooring and sail away, never to be heard from again.
Arabo drives away “the haunting of Satan” in Skálabotn
On the October 5. 1720, the bailiff send a letter to Arabo, asking for his assistance in bringing in a grind. The bailiff writes 'There be some haunting of Satan here on the landing, hindering the inlet of the whales'. Arabo goes to assist and the whales make landfall. They had promised him the biggest whale in return. But when the harvesting was over, they gave him a lesser whale. Arabo cursed the beach and vowed that never again should there be a successful whale harvesting on this place. His words were; 'Now they will try to harvest the whale in Skálabotn, but they shall only harvest the smallest one'. Legend has it that no whale harvesting has taken place in Skálabotn since.
Arabo intends to kill the landlord
In 1714 as the spring counsel was being held a criminal-case was brought to trial. The trail was held in the landlords house. The landlord, Jógvan Rasmussen is the plaintiff and he is accusing Arabo of threatening him with an axe. The story goes, Arabo, in a drunken rage, goes from the rectory down and across the beach straight to the landlords house. He had it in his mind that the landlord and his immediate family had ruined his life. Beinta stormed after him to find out what was going on and where he was going. Three times she called out to him before he answered back. 'I am going over to the landlords house to kill priest-Joen ( Jógvan Rasmussen, the landlord ) that thief and Heine ( Jógvans father-in-law ) that older thief'. He then stormed on waiving the axe around. Jógvan, his wife and a servant girl, fled up on to the roof of the house to hide from him. Several farmworkers were outside the house, but no one interfered.
Arabo rammed the axe in to the landlords storage-room then threw the axe at the landlord, missed and the axe hit and chipped a boulder. The mark where the axe hit can be seen till this day. A lot of yelling and accusing took place, but the end was that Arabo walked back to the rectory. Nine depositions were given about the events. Beinta was Arabos defence. She tried to help him. Arabo got a harsh sentence for the event.
Based on this event and others similar ones, Arabo lost his priesthood. But it has since been disputed if it was a fair trail. In the year 1725 Arabo and Beinta moved to Sandavág.