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  1. The Icelandic Theory: Experts Challenge Establishment Dogma to Reveal History of Ivory Vikings

    ... Van der Linde belittled Frederic Madden’s suggestion that Iceland could produce anything approaching the sophistication of the Lewis ... that of the Royal Library in Copenhagen. He traveled to Iceland in 1879, crossing the island on horseback. Pleased the Icelanders ...

    Nancy Marie Brown - 18/09/2016 - 03:49

  2. Hidden in the Landscape: The Unique Architectural Heritage of Icelandic Turf Houses

    ... Turf houses are a distinctive type of dwelling found in Iceland with origins dating back to the 9th century AD, which are attributed ... Turf houses are a distinctive type of dwelling found in Iceland with origins dating back to the 9 th century AD, which are ...

    dhwty - 16/11/2018 - 22:59

  3. The Viking Discovery of Iceland

    ... out into the Atlantic – the discovery and settlement of Iceland – is one of the best documented events of the Viking Age. Medieval ... a short chronicle of Icelandic history from the discovery of Iceland to 1118, was written between 1122 and 1132 by Ari Thorgilsson, a priest ...

    ancient-origins - 16/09/2016 - 03:58

  4. Icelandic Magic, Witchcraft, and Sorcery and the Tragic Case of Jón Rögnvaldsson

    ... to the dark and fascinating practices of witchcraft in Iceland are as old as the first human settlements on the island. Countless ... Christians. Due to the slow process of Christianization in Iceland, it was impossible to apply the rules characteristic of other northern ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 16/02/2017 - 13:40

  5. Lessons from the Hidden World: Icelanders believed in elves, but it is probably not what you think

    ... They run “elf schools” and “elf tours”. Elves in Iceland are everywhere and all around. Reality Check Few things about the ... yet were invisible to them. For people outside of Iceland, the term “elves” probably conjures up a very different image than ...

    Alda S - 27/07/2016 - 00:44

  6. The Sagas of the Icelanders shed light on Golden Age

    ... literary culture of the 13 th and 14 th centuries of Iceland.  In writing these sagas, many attributes of the 10 th and 11 th ... The sagas describe the years around the conversion of Iceland to Christianity, roughly from 930 to 1030 CE.  Iceland is thought to ...

    Riley Winters - 04/03/2015 - 11:25

  7. Icelander Sagas May Have More Truth to Them than You Think

    ... of Landnámabók, a primary source on the settlement of Iceland. ( Public Domain ) About 400 years later, myths had ... by science and philosophy. The Viking Discovery of Iceland The Icelandic Theory: Experts Challenge Establishment Dogma to ...

    aprilholloway - 14/10/2017 - 02:00

  8. Galdrabok, The Medieval Grimoire That Sheds Light on the Occult Practices of Iceland

    ... for the practices and understanding of occult practices in Iceland in the late Medieval era. It offers a unique insight into the various elements that contributed to a national magical tradition in Iceland at the time of its compilation. Perhaps not as well-known ...

    marinasohma - 27/11/2016 - 00:55

  9. The Icelandic Kvöldvaka: Cultural Phenomenon in the Twilight Hours

    Iceland’s strong love of literature is a source of amazement to many people. ... per capita than any other nation. A tradition exists in Iceland that every person gets at least one book for Christmas, so Icelandic ... deluge of new books onto the market is colloquially known in Iceland as “the Christmas book flood”. But why this strong literary ...

    Alda S - 20/05/2016 - 00:46

  10. Did a Brutal Volcanic Eruption Lead People to Abandon Their Pagan Gods and Embrace Christianity?

    Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the ... Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the ...

    ancient-origins - 20/03/2018 - 17:54

  11. Did a Native American travel with the Vikings and arrive in Iceland centuries before Columbus set sail?

    ... by deCODE Genetics, a world-leading genome research lab in Iceland, discovered a unique gene that was present in only four distinct family ... accompanied the Vikings when they returned back to Iceland. The woman survived the voyage across the sea, and subsequently had ...

    dhwty - 29/04/2015 - 01:12

  12. Three Boat Burials of Viking-era Chiefs Found in as Many Days at Icelandic Site

    ... Viking-age boat burials in quick succession on a fjord along Iceland’s northern coast this week. They believe they may find more Viking ... Viking-age boat burials in quick succession on a fjord along Iceland’s northern coast this week. They believe they may find more Viking ...

    Mark Miller - 17/06/2017 - 13:56

  13. The Ancient Parliamentary Plains of Iceland

    ... institution in existence belongs to neither country, but to Iceland. Incredibly, the national parliament of Iceland, known as the Althingi (literally meaning the all thing, or general ...

    dhwty - 01/08/2014 - 14:23

  14. Was the Woman in Blue One of the First Settlers of Iceland?

    ... in the Viking era sheds light on the earliest settlers of Iceland. Her short life hadn't been recorded by any written resource, but her ... woman was discovered in 1938 at Ketilsstaðir, in eastern Iceland. She lived in the 9th or 10th century AD and was found with typical ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 19/04/2016 - 21:53

  15. Viking beaters: Scots and Irish may have settled Iceland a century before Norsemen

    ... a zone stretching from the Irish and Scottish coasts to Iceland. We can look to Skellig Michael, which rises from the sea 12km off the ... Isle of Noss, Shetland; and to Heimaklettur cliff face in Iceland’s Westman Islands. Also in southern Iceland, a number of the 200 ...

    ancient-origins - 03/06/2015 - 23:53

  16. Necropants: Did Icelandic Sorcerers Really Make Magic Pants Out Of Human Skin?

    A museum in Iceland is home to the only known pair of necropants: pants made out of human ... clothe themselves in their flesh. A museum in Iceland is home to the only known pair of necropants: pants made out of human ... being shared in sensational stories that make ancient Iceland sound like a place full of dark sorcerers draped in the skin of the ...

    Mark Oliver - 27/06/2018 - 18:57

  17. The Kjolur Route: Haunted Highway and Ancient Viking Shortcut in Iceland

    Positioned on a desert upland in the highlands of Iceland, the Ancient Kjolur Trail gives a new meaning to the word ... Positioned on a desert upland in the highlands of Iceland, the Ancient Kjolur Trail gives a new meaning to the word ... Scandinavians – mainly Norwegians – began to colonize Iceland, an island in the North Atlantic where no one had yet settled in large ...

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 20/03/2017 - 12:53

  18. The Haensa - Thorir Saga: A tale of law in Medieval Iceland

    ... remains an interesting view into the legal proceedings of Iceland in the ninth century.  The legal conflict woven throughout the text speaks volumes about the struggle that persisted in Iceland following the Golden Age of the republic, rectified when Norway took ...

    Riley Winters - 26/03/2015 - 03:12

  19. Neopagans in Iceland Will Build the First Temple to Thor and Odin in 1000 Years

    ... 1000 years ago, paganism was practically stamped out in Iceland, while Christianity was ushered in. But Nordic neopaganism, under the ... 1000 years ago, paganism was practically stamped out in Iceland, while Christianity was ushered in. But Nordic neopaganism, under the ...

    Alicia McDermott - 11/07/2018 - 18:47

  20. Outlaws, trolls and berserkers: Meet the hero-monsters of the Icelandic sagas

    Iceland’s medieval literature is rich in many regards:  in Eddas  and ... the migration age, the Viking voyages and the settlement of Iceland all the way through to the coming of Christianity and the formation of ... tells us about monsters – for the literature of medieval Iceland is also rich in the paranormal. In mythology, gods and men fight ...

    ancient-origins - 25/10/2015 - 18:47

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