(Chapter 1, page 5: … The giant Islander grins; his white teeth flashing in his pitch-black beard, eagle eyes sparkle with pride and prowess ... * )
Skarphéðinn Njálsson a character in Njal’s Saga, a big and a strong warrior, confident and concise in speech; his white teeth flashing as he faced his adversaries. One of the Njal’s Saga most memorable descriptions is of Skarphéðinn sliding on the ice of Markarfljót river, killing his enemies with his axe Rimmugýgi.
(Chapter 1, page 8: … calls Mangi Steffensen, the Governor of Iceland. *)
Magnús Stephensen, (1836–1917) last Danish governor of Iceland serving 1886–1904. As a Danish official, Stephensen, was looked upon by many as a Danish ass-licker, but his comment sums up his contradictions that he felt like a louse between nail and a hammer: his countrymen and the Danes.
(Chapter 4, page 43: … Has Krummi lost his shadow? *)
Sæmundr “the learned” Sigfússon (1056–1133) was an Icelandic priest and scholar. He is believed to have studied at Black School in Paris. In Icelandic folklore, Sæmundr is a larger-than-life character who repeatedly tricked the Devil into doing his bidding. Sæmundr wrote on the history of Norwegian kings. The work is now lost but was used as a source by later authors, including Snorri Sturluson.
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