king of iceland

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His downtime was spent playing world domination game Risk with his co-stars. “There were a lot  of arguments, mainly because Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) is so competitive. He would just sit there going “ Noooo why?” Why are you all attacking me?.” So who was the best at it? He doesn’t hesitate: “Kit Harington( Jon Snow)”

The Guardian, Richard Dormer (Beric D.) interview…

(I love them!)

Fluffy Cuddle & Nap Headcanons

{ Because I’m just in that kind of mood. 😴☕️ }

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1) Denmark and Norway take daily naps. Any excuse to cuddle and be lazy.

2) Iceland teases them about this and calls them “tired old farts.”

3) HOWEVER… he almost always joins them. He secretly enjoys napping and sleeping with them, but would never admit it to a single soul.

4) Whenever Greenland and Faroes visit, they all sleep together in a cuddle pile. It’s slightly uncomfortable, but they don’t care.

5) Iceland has a tendency to fall back asleep after eating a nice, warm, and big breakfast. Norway’s warm, freshly baked goods also have this effect on him.

6) Iceland is the most precious thing in the morning. When he first gets out of bed, his appearance is like that of a lion cub: tousled hair, bleary eyes, rosy cheeks, and kitten yawns. This earns him endless cuddles from his parent figures.

7) Iceland will not hesitate to come to them in the middle of the night and snuggle tightly between them if he’s sick, upset, had a nightmare, or just needs them. Sometimes they wake up, and other times they don’t. In the latter case, it’s always such a pleasant surprise to wake up to their little boy cuddled against and clinging to them.

8) Iceland sometimes drools on them in his sleep. They don’t mind. Too much.

9) Iceland is likely to call Norway “mama” and Denmark “papa” whenever he’s sleepy and groggy.

10) Sometimes, Iceland feigns sleep just to be carried from the car or upstairs by one of them.

11) Not a single morning goes by where Denmark doesn’t spoil Norway with coffee. Iceland, however, spoils them both with breakfast and coffee in bed on Mother’s and Father’s Day, as well as their birthdays. This earns him an endless supply of cuddling and cooing.

12) Norway is the type to become easily chilled when he’s sick due to his slender build. As a result, Denmark and Iceland alternate in cuddling against him to keep him warm.

13) Iceland becomes sleepy just by listening to their heartbearts.

14) Iceland loves napping and cuddling with Denmark because he’s so warm, and his presence makes him feel safe. He loves napping and cuddling with Norway, because the latter often wraps him in his robe or a blanket while cradling the boy close to his chest. This brings back memories of the past, after Denmark and Norway discovered and rescued him as a cold, starving child. In the following days, Norway would often wrap him tightly in his shirt, a sling, or fur blanket as he nurtured him back to health.

15) He loves laying his head on one of their stomachs while they all nap, especially Norway’s.

16) Sometimes, they press kisses to Iceland’s hair as they fall asleep.

17) Iceland simply can’t go to bed or fall asleep without a goodnight hug and kiss from both parents.

18) Iceland sometimes lets out sleepy noises and whimpers in his sleep or when he’s just waking up.

19) Whenever Iceland’s in a cuddly mood or wants attention, he’s like one of those laptop cats. He’ll curl up against their sides while the other does work on his laptop or sips coffee while reading.

20) Their hugs and cuddles never fail to make him feel warm, safe, and loved

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March 21, 2017 || Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja host an official luncheon in honour of His Excellency President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Ms Eliza Reid at the Royal Palace. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner were also in attendance.

Source: The Royal Court

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Name: Marco
Age: 17 to 18
Country: Spain

I love adventures, hate routine, have never found any sense in rules and dogs bless my entire existence. I travel a lot due to my parent’s job; some of my favorite places are Iceland, Peru and my kitchen, where my mum hides the rare and precious chocolate. I would like to study graphic design, art or history.
I like reading absolutely anything; from Harry Potter (Gryffindor!) to Shakespeare (King Lear makes me cry). My parents have made my music taste by long car drives listening to Queen, Louis Armstrong and Beethoven, so pretty much like any good song. I will play the same song on repeat for a week and, for some reason, from all the meaningful songs in the entire world my favorite one is “Feliz Navidad” glee version. I don’t know, it makes me happy and I love Christmas. I like playing sports but I am actually bad at it. It’s just for fun really. I enjoy art, nature and lasagna.
I have really bad ideas more often than I’ll like to admit and I easily get in trouble. But I like to help others and I would say I give good advice, even if I never follow them. I have a really open mind and terrible taste in humor and clothes.
I speak Spanish and English and like two sentences in french so…

Preferences: Nah. Just no Racist/sexist/homophobes/dead brought back to life by an evir wizard or an evil wizard.
Also we don’t have to share same sack interest

thekinderbeast  asked:

I saw a documentary recently, in which they said, Iceland became Christian basically because Denmark became Christian and imprisoned every Iceland not der on it's soil, sending an ultimatum to Iceland, that they would execute them, if Iceland wouldn't convert. A heathen law man, respected by Christians and Heathens alike, was in the end asked to decide. After some days he decided that Iceland should become Christian by name but in private every Icelander was free to do whatever. Can you confirm?

Sæl vinur,
(Hello friend,)

For the most part, yes, but also not exactly, because we should add a dash of ‘it’s complicated’ just to be safe. Allow me to briefly retell the story:

All of the parts are correct, but the interpretation of all those parts together is up for some debate. After all, documentaries are not exempt from having a bias, and not in the sense of having an agenda, but just because it is simply human nature to have certain inclinations. I suppose it is better to say that the documentary may have made some claims or assumptions that could be seen from various perspectives, and every interpretation is but one perspective out of many. I am finding myself being carried away in a moment of philosophical contemplation, so I digress (my apologies, but, in my defense, those are things we ought to think and talk about).

Anyway, Iceland was indeed pressured by Norway and not exactly Denmark. To be more specific, though, it was King Olaf Tryggvason who truly pressured the Icelanders, especially after his missionary, Thangbrand, returned from there with little success in 999.(1.) After this, the king not only imprisoned Icelanders as hostages (not a ton, mind you), but he also closed off Norwegian ports to Icelandic merchants.(2.) Now this was a big deal. Iceland was an island, after all, which meant that many goods needed to be imported. I would argue that it was not only the pressure from executing hostages that placed an ‘ultimatum’ on Iceland, but the economic strangling that King Olaf placed around their necks.

Yet, there were hostages, and they were the often the “sons and daughters of prominent Icelandic pagans.”(3.) Furthermore, King Olaf did threaten to “maim or kill [them] unless Iceland accepted Christianity.”(4.) Yet, this, as I mentioned above, was not the only force creating pressure. Believe it or not, there were already Christian Icelanders, some of which were fairly prominent, too.(5.) Why would they need to care about someone else’s family members? Unless they had some sort of bonds through kinship, they didn’t. 

There was something else on the line here, though. An aspect of Iceland’s foreign policy was to maintain a good relationship with Norway for two reasons: family and economic ties.(6.) Many Icelanders, whether pagan or Christian, had family in Norway, and therefore would prosper from continued positive relations. Furthermore, as already mentioned, Norway was Iceland’s major trading partner, and a falling through would be devastating on the economic front.

As for the “heathen law man,” his name was Thorgeir Thorkelsson, a chieftain (goði) from the farm of Ljósavatn in the Northern Quarter.(7) Most of what the documentary seems to have said pans out to be true, although his motives are, you guessed it, up for debate. Various accounts do agree, though, that he was indeed the Lawspeaker to make this decision.(8.) Here is an account from Njal’s Saga:

“Thorgeir lay for a whole day with a cloak spread over his head, and no one spoke to him. The next day people went to the Law Rock; Thorgeir asked for silence and spoke: ‘It appears to me that our affairs will be hopeless if we don’t all have the same law, for if the law is split then peace will be split, and we can’t live with that. Now I want to ask the heathens and the Christians whether they are willing to accept the law that I proclaim.’” 

They all assented to this. Thorgeir said that he wanted oaths from them and pledges that they would stick by them. They assented to this, and he took pledges from them.

‘This will be the foundation of our law,’ he said, ‘that all men in this land are to be Christians and believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and give up all worship of false idols, the exposure of children, and the eating of horse meat. Three years’ outlawry will be the penalty for open violations, but if these things are practiced in secret, there shall be no punishment.’

All of these heathen practices were forbidden a few years later, so that they could neither be practiced openly nor in secret.” (9.)

He was indeed a heathen, and he did, as illustrated above, for some unknown reason, deem that Iceland should adopt Christianity. It is also true that heathen practices were allowed afterwards, but not indefinitely. In Ari Thorgeirsson’s Íslendingabók, he says this about what happened afterwards:

“And he (Thorgeir Thorkelsson) brought his speech to a close in such a way that both sides agreed that everyone should have the same law, the one he decided to proclaim. It was then proclaimed in the laws that all people should be Christian, and that those in this country who had not yet been baptised should receive baptism; but the old laws should stand as regards the exposure of children and the eating of horse-flesh. People had the right to sacrifice in secret, if they wished, but it would be punishable by the lesser outlawry if witnesses were produced. And a few years later, these heathen provisions were abolished, like the others.” (10.)

So, given that account, people were “free to do whatever,” but only during this period of transition. Now, we may enter the realm of reasonable probability, but that, of course, comes with its limitations. Still, we can assume that it was quite possible that people still remained heathen for quite some time, yet this would have been difficult, mainly due to social pressures. It may have been more likely that some families retained their heathen traditions in somewhat of a hybrid religious state, in which they worshipped both Christ and the old gods. This was actually not unheard of. In Landnámabók, the Icelandic Book of Settlements, a man named Helgi the Lean is described as such:

“Helgi’s faith was very much mixed: he believed in Christ but invoked Thor when it came to voyages and difficult times.” (11.)


My final judgement is to say that this documentary was correct, of course, but not an ‘absolute truth’ on the matter. Besides there not being such a thing as an ‘absolute truth’, especially in regards to history, the documentary only provided one telling of a complicated tale; there were quite a few complications likely not discussed in the documentary. 

After all, there was more going on behind the scenes back when King Olaf was taking hostages. Furthermore, although Thorgeir allowed heathens to continue practice, this was only a temporary condition. Yet, even so, we do not truly know the reality that was in place. All we have are generalized accounts that tell us the ideal or legal standpoints. Let us not forget, either, that these very sources were written by the ‘winning’ party. As I said when I began this post, we all have a bias, whether we like it or not. There is no shame in this, but it must be known to properly handle the sources that we are given.

My advice, then, is to understand that documentaries, and even many works of academia, often only grant you one version of the story. Even the version I have told above leaves out certain details that honestly need consideration. Still, the documentary was not wrong, but there are always many levels of intricacy that truly need consideration before we can fully understand any given situation. 

Anyway, I truly am grateful that you asked this question. It was a pleasure to respond to it, and I do hope that you and many other prospers from my insights.

Með vinsemd og virðingu,
(With kindness and respect,)
Fjörn


FOOTNOTES:

1. Jesse L. Byock, Viking Age Iceland. (London: Penguin Books, 2001), 299.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. I could talk about this for quite a while, but it would take us further from the question at hand than we ought to wander, at least for the time being.

6. Byock, 299.

7. Ibid., 300.

8. Ari Thorgeirsson’s Íslendingabók, chapter 7, and Njal’s Saga, chapter 105, give good accounts of this, and arguably with slightly different motives.

9. Robert Cook trans., Njal’s Saga, in The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, vol. III, edited by Viðar Hreinsson, Robert Cook, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, and Bernard Scudder. (Reykjavík: Leifur Eiríksson Publishing, 1997), 127-8. (Chapter 105, pages 180-1 in the Penguin edition)

10. Ari Thorgeirsson, The Book of the Icelanders: Íslendingabók, translated by Siân Grønlie, edited by Anthony Faulkes and Alison Finlay. (London: University College London, 20016), 9. (Chapter 7)

11. Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards trans., The Book of Settlements: Landnámabók. (repr., 1972; Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press, 2012), 97. (Chapter 218)

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Ásgeir - I Know You Know

This song is so pure. So light. There are bits of lyrics that really hit me…

Oh! How I need you now
Want you beside me
Oh! How I need you
Alone with a heavy heart
Why can’t you see me
Feeling my luck wear thin

&
Oh! How I long for light
A light that won’t leave me
Never to go away

I really love Ásgeir’s music, it’s so beautiful. His newest album (Afterglow) is really great, I’ve posted a song from his previous one too, years ago (King and Cross). The early Icelandic versions are pretty as well, even though I don’t know any Icelandic :’D

the nordics when it’s snowing outside

aph denmark: immediately runs outside and starts rolling around in the snow all excited while norway tries to get him to come back in before he gets sick. he’s an actual puppy.

aph norway: he’d seem all chill at first, but the second you turn your back you will be pummelled by ice-orbs. he is the KING of snowball fights. 

aph iceland: he would act really reluctant to being dragged out to play in the snow with the others, but he secretly loves the snowball fights and gets really into it but he sucks at - but he’s great at making ice-sculptures

aph sweden: he would run around following finland and motherhenning everyone, exclaiming things like “put y’r coat ‘n right now it’s cold outs’de!” or “th’re was ice ‘n that snowb’ll, some’ne could get hurt!” he’d also like to snuggle up indoors with finland wrapped in a blanket with a book and some hot coacoa

aph finland: finland would be really excited and he’d go make snowmen of each of the nordics… except one time he couldn’t find any sticks so he used knives for the arms and it was the most terrifying fucking thing they’ve ever seen

Good try, Noel.

Few people have noticed already but there are indeed easter eggs in this comic! A few have already shown up and they usually homage to the band and their music. I am a HUGE fan of Of Monsters and Men so I’d like to show my appreciation to them with this comic. For instance, the language that Noel was speaking in the previous page was actually Icelandic, since thats the origin of the band (special thanks to skotttan, btw, for helping with the translation!) and there are plenty more coming!

Also, PLEASE consider reblogging instead of just liking, you’d really be supporting me and King and Lionheart a lot! I’d really like this comic to grow!

hungary-is-awesomer-than-you-de  asked:

omfg dude so what if the Nordics excluding Denmark read 'Danish slaughterhouse' and one day they were all eating breakfast in the kitchen and Denmark came to them (bc he got up late again) and they all screamed and den couldn't figure out what was going on and the other Nordics were all avoiding him. one day he found 'Danish slaughterhouse' open on the computer and read it and when he finished he burst into tears claiming that he'd never do anything like that to them, they're his family.

poor baby :(

anonymous asked:

Do you have any good/happy fluffy DenNor fics because after what I read all I'm thinking of is angsty stuff

ooh okay fluffy dennor:

  • kohler’s coffee
  • meet iceland, best brother ever 
  • truly, remarkably, irrevocably
  • dansevise
  • anything for the tourists (I DIED OF LAUGHTER)

hope these are what you’re looking for!!

Ooh, okay, but what if saga Obi-Wan actually believes he killed Anakin at Mustafar?

Because everyone knows that King Palpatine is a sorcerer. And although Vader’s origin and family are unknown, it’s rumored that he’s a draugr that Palpatine has raised up to do his bidding.

So what if Obi-Wan believes that too? He knows that Anakin chose to honor his oath to Palpatine even after Palpatine named himself King of Iceland. And he knows that they fought, and that Obi-Wan wounded Anakin mortally.

So Obi-Wan could very well believe that Vader is, in fact, Anakin’s draugr. So when he tells Luke that Vader killed Anakin, it’s still a lie, but it’s not quite the lie Luke thinks it is. Obi-Wan believes he’s been grooming Luke to kill his father’s ghost, not his actual father.

What Obi-Wan doesn’t know is that Palpatine used his magic to ensure that, no matter how many blows struck him, no weapon would ever be able to kill Anakin. The wounds that Obi-Wan dealt him at Mustafar should have been mortal, but Palpatine’s sorcery kept Anakin alive. (The Vader suit, in saga speak, is definitely dark magic.)

And of course, because sagas love their poetic justice (and so do I), Palpatine’s own sorcery will come back to bite him in the end. Because when Anakin turns on him to save Luke, Palpatine himself can’t kill him.

Anakin only dies after Palpatine, because the source of the magic that keeps him alive is gone. He knew that killing his Master would result in his own death. But, as he tells Luke before he dies, “I will not consider my lungs’ breath cheaply spent, to have sent him first to the halls of Hel.”