Njáll gives council to Gunnar, his warrior disciple, while the mores of modern society crash and burn around them.
Photo taken at the graffiti park Hjartagarðurinn (Heart garden) just off the main shopping street Laugavegur.
"Mores (from Latin mōrēs,) is a term introduced into English by William Graham Sumner (1840–1910), an early U.S. sociologist, to refer to norms that are more widely observed and have greater moral significance than others."
"The English word morality comes from the same Latin root "mōrēs", as does the English noun moral. However, mores do not, as is commonly supposed, necessarily carry connotations of morality. Rather, morality can be seen as a subset of mores, held to be of central importance in view of their content, and often formalized in some kind of moral code."
"The Greek term equivalent to Latin mores is ethos . As with the relation of mores to morality, ethos is the basis of the term ethics.
The customary norms specific to a given society are a defining aspect of the cultural identity of an ethnicity or a nation.
Differences in the mores of various nations are at the root of ethnic stereotype."
I guess you could say that differences in mores sometimes cause wars.
"The Story of Burnt Njal" is one of the sagas of Icelanders. The most prominent characters are the friends Njáll Þorgeirsson, a lawyer and a sage, and Gunnar Hámundarson, a formidable warrior. In the course of a feud, Gunnarr is exiled and must leave Iceland but as he rides away from his home he is struck by the beauty of the land and resolves to stay; this quickly leads to his death. Some years later, Njál is burned alive in his home as a part of a cycle of killing and vengeance.
This is a crop from a larger image. To get this shot I had already become part of the furniture in the park and no one was paying attention to me. However I deliberately included these young men in the edge of a photo. I didn't want to aim directly at them.
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SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-12 4:36
Hi Trevor - I like the shot, I like the crop but I think the sharpness is a bit soft, maybe because you cropped from a much larger picture area. Nice to see a DL shot from Iceland, it helps to round out my understanding of the country.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-12 5:39
WoW! This is a colour overload and I love it! Strangely I would have thought Iceland would be the last place to see graffiti like this. It is amazing and I love the analogy with Icelandic folklore too - it works beautifully. Applause!
lousat (92848) 2014-06-12 15:21
Hi Trevor,a great opportunity to do a colorful pic...and you caught very well this scenery,perfect choice of point of view and bright colors and details,very original post,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-06-12 23:00
Colorful image of the tower.Excellent colors and sharpness.Very well captured.TFS.
emka (99931) 2014-06-12 23:16
Beautiful scene captured, the young man seem to be part of the mural. Good crop and nicde colours. Interesting shot and note. Well dopne.
WArm regrads Malgo
Cricri (120491) 2014-06-14 7:17
C'est un décor mural magnifique, très colorées, un vrai travail d'artiste, très jolie composition
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (3112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Theme(s): Reykjavik [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-12 3:25