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Red Christmas, Ergo White Easter: Snjóflóð 2017 Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

When Snjóflóð 2017 (“avalanche”) hit Reykjavik this past weekend, I started to think about a blog I’d prepared but not published this past December. And I decided to resurrect it from the pile. The weekend felt odd to me – like the snow had come too late. And then I remembered the Icelandic saying, rauð…

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A Gray and Hairy Handful of Stories About Drangey, While on Haitus in the North Of Iceland Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

Yesterday, I headed up to Sauðárkrókur, the biggest small-town in all of Iceland, with a population of around 2,000. I came here because I’ve found that I’m at my best after a respite from work – or, rather, I find that I work best when I am away from home to work. The quiet up…

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Escaping the Mid-Winter Doldrums with the Winter Lights Festival Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

So, here in Reykjavik, we just blew through the Winter Lights Festival (simply, Winter Festival vetrarhátið). Unfortunately, I was a bit under the weather and wasn’t able to make it to many events, and, apart from large-scale displays in the city itself and a tour of the arboretum/botanical gardens, I don’t have much to share.…

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Stumbling Through Strong Masculine Nouns, Or: There’s More Than One Good Way To Decline Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

Today I’d like to introduce you to a new noun class. They’re generally called “strong” nouns, or masculine, feminine, and neuter II and III. I’m just going to go into masculine II and III nouns today. Fair warning: it’s a little dry.   So the declension pattern you’ve likely seen so far is follows nouns…

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Quirks of the Old Icelandic Calendar: Þorri, Bóndadagur, and Hopping On One Foot Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

Þorri is the name of the fourth month of winter, according to the old Icelandic calendar (more on this later). It starts on a Friday – falling between the 19th and 26th of January, this year the 20th – and ends on the Saturday before the month known as Góa commences.   Many of you may…

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