Photographer's Note

Image of an East Iceland Farm near Dverghamrar about 15 km east of Kirkjubęjarklaustur.


Some other tourists pulled up to take photos. They just concentrated on photographing the horses and photographing themselves in front of the horses. They seemed to be completely oblivious of the landscape in which the horses were located.

Kirkjubęjarklaustur is a village in the sparsely populated Skaftįrhreppur, in the eastern part of South Iceland. In 2008 the population of Skaftįrhreppur was 467.
The cornerstone of the local economy is agriculture and
animal husbandry, while tourism is a growing sector. Kirkjubęjarklaustur is a centre of commerce, services and industry.

The area is the setting of some of Iceland's most popular sagas and home to many of their heroes. Njįl's saga, one of the most famous sagas, is largely set in South Iceland with the title character Njįll living at Bergžórshvoll and the hero Gunnar hailing from Hlķšarendi in Fljótshlķš near Hvolsvöllur. These farms still exist today, but don't expect to see medieval ruins. Icelandic building materials were not made to last, and the farms you see today are twentieth century constructions. However, the nature and the scenery remain as impressive!

Since returning to Australia I read Njįl's saga.

"The saga deals with the process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Commonwealth, showing how the requirements of honour could lead to minor slights spiralling into destructive and prolonged bloodshed. Insults where a character's manhood is called into question are especially prominent and may reflect an author critical of an overly restrictive ideal of masculinity. Another characteristic of the narrative is the presence of omens and prophetic dreams. It is disputed whether this reflects a fatalistic outlook on the part of the author.

The saga dates to the late 13th century while the events described take place between 960 and 1020. The work is anonymous, although there has been extensive speculation on the author's identity. The major events described in the saga are probably historical but the material was shaped by the author, drawing on oral tradition, according to his artistic needs. Njįls saga is the longest and most highly developed of the sagas of Icelanders. It is often considered the peak of the saga tradition"

The Saga "explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. "
" It has been called one of the great prose works of the world" Thorsteinn Gylfason.

Njal's Saga(Penguin Classics)Paperback
by Anonymous (Author) Robert Cook (Editor, Translator)

The version that I read was:
Njal's saga (Wordsworth Classics of world literature) translated by Carl F Bayerschmidt and Lee M Hollander.
Introduction by Thorsteinn Gylfason

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