Ring of Seasons Iceland--Its Culture and History

ISBN-10: 0472086618

ISBN-13: 9780472086610

Edition: 1998

Authors: Terry G. Lacy
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Description: A remote island with a rich and ancient literature. A land of hot springs and volcanoes. A country with an extraordinary history, a challenging geography and a vibrant contemporary culture. A land of ice. In Ring of Seasons, Terry Lacy--an American who has lived in Iceland for twenty-four years-- brings both the perspective of the outsider and the familiar eye of the long-term resident to this delightful exploration of all facets of Iceland, past and present. She conveys her story with a skillful interlacing of history, religion, politics, and culture to paint a vivid picture of the way Icelanders live today as members of a wealthy society still very dependent upon nature--from a reliance on her icy waters to support an international fishing industry to a watchful cohabitation with the volcanoes that both destroy villages and create new islands. This is a book for all who have been charmed by reading the Norse sagas, for all those intrigued by the country that can claim the oldest living democracy. It is an excellent introduction for anyone planning to visit Iceland and a delightful read for all those who do their exploration from the comfort of an armchair. Terry G. Lacy is an American currently residing in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrations
A Note on the Icelandic Alphabet
Understanding Icelanders
What Is an Icelander?
The Formation of the Land
Living with the Weather
The Icelandic Language
Eddas and Sagas
Gyrfalcons and Iceland Moss
Heroic Seafarers
The Family: Winter Feast - A Toast to Survival
The Family: Birth, Marriage, and Death
The Myth of Creation
Iceland's History: The Settlement
The Myth of Thor
Iceland's History: The Commonwealth and the Conversion to Christianity
Sorcery and Superstition
The Family: Confirmation and Easter
The Family: The First Day of Summer
The Sealskin
Iceland's History: The Settlement of Greenland and North America
The Myth of Loki
Iceland's History: The End of the Commonwealth
The Family: A Birthday Party
The Family: Afternoon Coffee
Trolls, Elves, and Ghosts
Iceland's History: The Norwegian and Danish Domination Through the Reformation, 1262-1550
A Legendary Outlaw: Eyvindur of the Mountains
Iceland's History: The Hardest of Times, 1550-1830
The Family: Sausage-Making
The Family: Christmas Eve
My John's Soul
Iceland's History: The Struggle for Independence, 1830-1918
Turf Houses and Filigree Belts
The Myth of New Beginnings
Iceland Since Independence
The Family: New Year's Eve
Common Words Found on a Map of Iceland
Key Dates
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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