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Archive for May, 2012

Glíma, the ancient wrestling style. Posted by on May 30, 2012

When it comes to sports in Iceland there probably isn’t any as traditional as glíma, or glima as it’s written outside of Iceland (the only difference is the accent – i / í – that signals correct pronunciation in Icelandic). As a word (að) glíma means (to) wrestle or (to) fight, in some cases also…

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Free Stuff Posted by on May 29, 2012

Note: I didn’t notice earlier that I stopped receiving Email alerts for comments, so I missed all of your comments in the past month until now. If you wrote me one in around that timeframe, please check back now as I should have replied to all of them. If I still missed yours, please comment…

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Móðir mín í kví, kví. Posted by on May 27, 2012

“Icelandic ghosts are so different from the ones in my homecountry”, a classmate of mine told me once while explaining why she wanted to write her þjóðsögur ritgerð, folk tales essay, about them. Even having a completely different background I had to agree. Icelandic ghosts, draugar, are really a type of their own. They can be…

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Exercise Post Posted by on May 26, 2012

Here are some things that you can use to study a few of the topics I’ve covered in previous posts. I haven’t taught you all of the grammar needed to understand the questions, or even everything needed to completely understand the posts I’m having you exercise, but that will have to come later or from…

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Greetings from the Grímsvatn volcano. Posted by on May 23, 2012

It began by somewhat of a surprise around seven o’clock in the evening of Monday, 21st May. As I stood at the bus stop waiting for my bus to come and take me downtown for a choir meeting I noticed something odd about the way the air looked like over the city. Although fog is…

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Icelandic Food Part Two Posted by on May 22, 2012

The first part dealing with this is here, but again we’ll have a post about Icelandic food. Some of these things aren’t specifically Icelandic and they’re not all traditional food either, but I doubt they’re very widespread at least. Unless stated otherwise, these were all found at Bónus, a normal grocery store. Skate, a more…

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Kilroy may have been here. Posted by on May 20, 2012

Once you travel outside of Reykjavík you will sooner or later come across certain stone-built landmarks, cairns, also known in Icelandic as varða/vörður. Their use is varied to say the least. Traditionally they marked borders, routes, shorelines, notable places and areas where an important travelling woman had died. Nowadays they also mark the presence of…

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