king of iceland

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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

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!

Nordic cooperation is solid, and the Nordic identity binds us together. We Norwegians recognize us in depictions of milieu in the Icelandic television series “Innesperret” [icelandic: Ófærð]. And the Norwegian TV series “Skam” contributes to the identity’s bond tied in Scandinavia.
—  King Harald during his speech at the gala dinner at the Royal Palace in honor of President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Mrs. Eliza Reid during the state visit of Iceland on March 21, 2017

Lesson 9d - Literature and the Sagas, Part IV: Kingly and Heroic Saga Literature.

Komið þið sæl,

Note: [If you have not done so already, check out last week’s lesson, which was Part III of this lesson series. Visit “Viking History” on my blog to view all of the lessons.]

This week, we will be discussing two genres of saga literature, king and mythical-hero. I will start by discussing the genres and then I will provide summaries of a few sagas that are well known from these categories. I will avoid summaries and spoiling details, but I will discuss the most popular kings and heroes that appear in these saga types. I will also try to avoid spoiling any of the stories too much.

Contents:

  1. Konungasögur and Fornaldasögur
  2. Sigurðr and the Volsungs
  3. Ragnarr Loðbrók
  4. King Hrolf Kraki and Beowulf
  5. Performance

Konungasögur and Fornaldasögur

Konungasögur (King Sagas) are sagas that tell of the lives and feats of various, historical kings. The majority of sagas that fall under this category are in Heimskringla, a collection of Norwegian king sagas written by Snorri Sturluson. The centerpiece of this collection is the saga of Saint Olaf. The basis for these sagas come from skaldic poetry, for the court poets recorded the lives and achievements of their respective kings. Their verses are often quoted in sagas and as a result, they add authority to their credibility as well (at least in the eyes of their contemporary audience).

Fornaldasögur (Mythical-hero Sagas) tell of great heroes, far-flung events, and supernatural intervention. The majority of these sagas a set before the Viking Age (prior to 870, mostly). They present a world full of trolls, giants, dwarves, and tyrants. As a result, a lot of mythological information gets tied up into these works, which is quite useful for the study of lore and myth. These stories likely derive from oral tradition and were for entertainment and forging social bonds.

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celia’s soft hum echoed through the corridors of the castle. She didn’t mind the company of her ladies in waiting but since her arrival in paris, the queen wanted nothing more than some time apart from everything, including those she held close to her heart. she was thankful her husband, the king of iceland, had let her keep her servants from her homeland. It was comforting being surrounded by those who were familiar. Moving off to the side, celia gazed outside of a window, taking in the beauty of paris. a sudden noise startled her out of her daze and alerted celia that she wasn’t alone. hasn’t anyone told you that it’s not okay to sneak up on someone ? she offered a playful smile, hoping that the other hadn’t taken offense.  

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A brush with the past.

Part 40 of few more.

Sombra only does this to see Private’s extreme reactions.

Most of the time.

Woops, looks like someone accidentally transported a couple of mares out that weren’t supposed to be transported out.

((Special Monday update to make up for no updates last weekend.))

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March 22, 2017 || Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attend the Government’s luncheon in honour of His Excellency President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Ms Eliza Reid at Akershus Castle, as a part of Icelandic three-day State Visit to Norway.

Source: The Royal Court

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.”

March 22, 2017 || Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja, His Excellency President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Ms Eliza Reid view some special treasures from the National Library of Norway’s collection which were exhibited for the occasion of Icelandic three-day State Visit to Norway.

In the first display case was Norske Kongers Krønicke oc bedrifft: indtil unge Kong Haagens tid, som døde Anno Domini 1263, a book that chronicles the accomplishments of the Norwegian kings through Haakon IV, who died in 1263. The book is an abridged selection of Kings’ sagas. It was translated from Old Norse to Danish in 1540 and is probably the first printed book to contain a Norse saga.

The guests also had a chance to view the 1899 edition of the Sagas of the Viking Kings of Norway by Snorre Sturlason, which is renowned for its illustrations and recognised as one of the most important works within Norwegian book art.

Source: The Royal Court

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I made Nordic edits, Cardverse edition!
Norway: King of Spades
Denmark: King of Hearts
Sweden: King of Clubs
Finland: King of Diamonds
Iceland: Jack of Spades
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