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Ring of seasons : Iceland, its culture and history

Author: Terry G Lacy
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1998.
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"Terry G. Lacy brings both the perspective of an outsider and the familiar eye of a 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 its  Read more...
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Lacy, Terry G.
Ring of seasons.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)631081131
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry G Lacy
ISBN: 047210926X 9780472109265
OCLC Number: 38024135
Description: xiv, 297 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: text and photos, Terry G. Lacy.
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