icelandic books

In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cozy and wonderful does that sound?

(More fun facts: Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, and new books are typically published only during the Christmas season—the frenzy is called Jólabókaflóð, or the Christmas Book Flood.)

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Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

Guess which sad bitch is going to Iceland, Norway and Sweden for Christmas! It me! My first white Christmas!!!! My first Christmas I won’t be dying of heat stroke I’ll be making friends with reindeer and freezing to death I can’t wait

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By request, here is a video tour of my grimoire on Icelandic Magical Staves. This is a book of sigil magick that I created in 2011 based on a Russian language resource on the Galdrabok. Russian is my second language, so I was careful to translate the written portion very carefully. I bound this grimoire by hand on oak boards. The paper used is Southworth Ivory Parchment Paper, 8.5x11″ 24 lb weight. The ink is Authentic Models calligraphic ink, and the content of the grimoire was written with quill pens.

At the time in 2011, actual copies of the Galdrabok were out of print and used ones were being sold for over $1000, which is why I ultimately had to use the version transcribed into the Russian language. Then miraculously in 2012, I found out there was a limited reprint of the Galdrabok for about $20, and I bought mine immediately since there were only 8 left at the time. Since that time, they have printed more copies which contain a ton of information.

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SQUARED CO PODCAST: EPISODE 21

Check out our conversation with the amazing BILL ROBINSON. Bill works in the animation industry as a visual development artists. He’s illustrated books for Disney and has work in their WonderGround Gallery. An amazing painter, illustrator and all-around nice guy, you will want to hear more about this talented creative! Hope you will take a listen.

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have some headcanons

• when Ice listens to rock/alternative, he will always be seen air drumming

• ice’s room is warm and he really feels comfortable that way! It’s probably because of all the technology that’s in his room

• Norway has burn scars on his body from the witch trials

• when sweden’s sick, he likes to watch game shows like Price Is Right, Jeopardy, etc.

• denmark thinks ballet and ballroom are very pretty. he personally likes the waltz and jive. he is also always impressed when he watches petite allegro!! “Wooooow they’re legs and feet are moving so fast what????”

• I forgot who gave this headcanon, but all the credit goes to them. I like the idea of Finland having a prosthetic arm!

• iceland used to listen to 8-bit dubstep all the time

• Nordics in overwatch:
- Denmark: Junkrat or Roadhog!! he loves their story too; he thinks they’re very fun
- Norway: Zenyatta, Reaper, or d.Va
- Iceland: Reaper, Tracer, or Lucío!
- Sweden: Soldier76, d.Va, or Mercy!
- Finland: of course widowmaker or Ana, but I feel he would also enjoy Hanzo

• sweden gets notifications on when there’s a new minecraft update

• finland and Hungary are usually seen hanging out!!

• Norway can literally just sleep anywhere and everywhere. He’s also a deep sleeper. Sometimes he sleeps with his eyes open. (I forgot who came up with that one too, but credit to you!) He sometimes falls asleep at World Meetings, and when he does, his eyes are open. He hasn’t been caught yet. (The man is old and just tired let him sleep)

• England and America really helped Iceland work on his English during WW2, and if he ever forgets a word, he’ll call either of them. He’s gotten better at American lingo lately!

• sometimes at world meetings there’s “free seating” and that’s only if they have a meeting but nothing to discuss. So, Iceland will usually sit his friends: Hong Kong, Seychelles, Liechtenstein, and Taiwan. (Maybe South Korea, Seborga, or New Zealand will sit with them too?) ((basically it’s the physically younger aged nations altogether (maybe not the younger ones like sealand and Wy?) and they talk the whole time))

•with the countries mentioned above, Iceland’s in a group chat with them, and it’s always blowing up his phone

• the Nordics have reenacted the Friends intro

• order of who wakes up first and at what time:
1. Sweden (5:00 am)
2. Denmark (between 5:00- 5:45 am)
3. Finland (7:30 am. sharp.)
4. Norway (11:00 am)
5. Iceland (2:00 pm) (he doesn’t go to bed until almost sunrise) (it’s very bad)

• sweden has kept every single IKEA catalog produced because it reminds him of how far the company has come and it makes him really happy

• at family dinners, finland will talk the whole time, and it’s very interesting to listen to what he has to say! (Even if, canonically, he’s a misunderstood storyteller) everyone will stop eating and listen to him!!

•they’ve all got ghosts in their houses (which…would be very strange if they’ve lived in that house for centuries on top of centuries, right?)

• on separate note, Iceland and Sweden are easily startled by anything

• I love the freckles headcanon for Denmark, but consider that he also has eczema/“chicken skin” on his arms too. It’s little red bumps on the skin that are super annoying (I have them but they’ve gone away over the years)

• finland has a beauty marks on the right side of his collarbone, his left temple, on his left wrist, and a few on his chest

• contrary to popular opinion, Iceland reads a whole lot. Like he really enjoys the reading. His library is too small for all the books he has.

• Iceland and Norway share books frequently. They’ll send each other new books they’ve read and really recommend. It’s a form of bonding, I guess.

• Iceland was shown trap music by America, and although he thinks it gets kind of annoying, he likes a few songs. Those songs are used in memes that America has also shown him (he doesn’t fully understand memes yet either).

• Ice would rather stick with his alternative music

• Denmark gets severe panic attacks. Everyone helps him out in the ways they can, but most of the time it’s Sweden and Norway who can get him to fully calm down.

A Basic Guide for Pronouncing Icelandic.

This is a subject that I frequently post about, and yet its basics have yet to be properly discussed. This post will help you to achieve familiarity with the Icelandic language, both in terms of written characters and their respective sounds. This guide may also be used as a method for pronouncing Old Norse. It is a lengthy guide, but that is because Icelandic, in all its beauty, is a bit difficult for most people to pronounce. In the end, this quite is only “basic” because it does not delve deeply into the linguistics behind certain sounds involved. Nonetheless, this guide should provide to be very helpful!

When working through this guide, try to avoid becoming overwhelmed. I strongly recommend working through only one section at a time.

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