Photographer's Note

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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