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ICELAND:

ITS SCENES AND SAGAS.

BY

SABINE BARING-GOULD, M.A.,

FELLOW OF 8. NICHOLAS COLLEGE, LANCING; MEMBER OF THE NORSE

LITERARY SOCIETY.

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS AND A MAP.

“ Farewell heat, and welcome frost."

Merchant of Venice.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.

M.DCCC.LXIII.

[The right of Translation is reserved.]

TO

MAJOR-GENERAL EDWARD SABINE, R.A.,

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY,

MY DEAR UNCLE,

It is with great pleasure that I dedicate this book to you,

as a token of my gratitude for the kind interest you have taken, both in

my expedition to Iceland, and in the progress of this volume.

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Ísland far-soldar frón,
Ok hag-sældar hrím-hvíta móðir !
Hvar er þín fornaldar frægð,
Frelsið ok manndáðin bezt ?

Iceland, thou fure-blessed spot,
Thou use-blessed rime-whitened mother!
Where are thine olden fame,
And freedom, and manliness best ?

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First Sight of Iceland - Hjörleif's Head - Dyrhólar - The Westmann

Islands Life of the Islanders - The Yankee's Story - My first
Saga : “ The Red Rovers "-Cape Reykjanes - The Mealsack-
The Great Auk

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CHAPTER II.

REYKJAVÍK.
Arrival-Description of Reykjavík—“A very Antient fish-like Smell!"-

The School - The Residence The Cathedral - Thorwaldsen-
Icelandic Silverwork—The Merchant Stores—Mr. Briggs and the
Porters-Dinner-I visit the Rector-A would-be Suicide-The
Catholic Mission—The Origin of Iceland .

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CHAPTER III.

MÓSFELL.

Leave Reykjavík-Rich Soil—Leiruvogr-Accidents-Camp out - A

lazy Guide — Arctic Midnight – Rank Breakfast - The Story of
Sonartorrek-Alpine Road—Icelandic Dogs—A Farmhouse-Filth
-On the Heithi—Birds—Icelandic Indifference-Arrival at Thing.
völlum-A Quarrel

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