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Queen Bothildur: an Icelandic Christmas folktale

I found this story in a beautifully illustrated book of Icelandic folktales for children, Tales of the Elves, that I brought back from that country after a visit in 2012. One Christmas Eve, a richly dressed woman knocked at the door … Continue reading

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Stranger in a strange (and beautiful) land

This post was sparked by todays WordPress Daily Prompt, “Blogger in a Strange Land,” which asked, “What is the strangest place from which you’ve posted to your blog?”  My answer was easy:  the dining room of the Skalholt Retreat House … Continue reading

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Homer in Iceland

Readers of this blog know I am a fan of things Icelandic and a fan of The Simpsons.  I was delighted last night to discover a little known saga on the final show of season 24 of our longest running … Continue reading

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Where to find “Tales of the Elves: Icelandic Folktales for Children.”

In December, 2012, I reviewed a wonderful illustrated book of Icelandic folktales, Tales of the Elves.  I’d brought a copy back from our trip to Iceland in the fall, but was unable to find ordering information. At the end of … Continue reading

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The Yule Lads: Icelandic Christmas folklore.

In most Christian countries, Christmas was slower to catch on than other major church holidays.  The clergy may have been wary of pagan solstice celebrations which happened at the same time of year and included serious revelry.  Some early Christmas … Continue reading

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Tales of the Elves: Icelandic Folktales for Children

One day God decided to visit Adam and Eve.  They welcomed him and introduced  their children – all except the ones Eve had not finished bathing.  After all, you want your kids to be clean when the Supreme Being drops … Continue reading

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Njal’s Saga: some concluding remarks.

It took me a while to get the gist of  Njal’s Saga. The first time through, I could have used a Cast of Characters; much of the effort was just keeping track of people whose names I couldn’t pronounce.  In … Continue reading

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Njal’s Saga, part 3

In order to follow this discussion, it will help if you’ve read two earlier posts: Njal’s Saga, an Introduction: http://wp.me/pYql4-2sS Njal’s Saga, part 2: http://wp.me/pYql4-2tb Scholars suggest that the author wove together two separate stories, an oral “Gunnar’s Saga,” and … Continue reading

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