The Faroes and Iceland; Studies in Island Life by Nelson Annandale

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V MODERN ICELAND The first discoverers of America, the earliest Arctic explorers, poets and historians (named and nameless) innumerable, warriors and scholars not a few, were born of old in Iceland; now her glory has departed, leaving some score of grave-mounds in a remote and desolate island, echoed by an aimless longing in the heart of a poor and isolated race. If anything of the old viking spirit lives on in the world, Iceland is not its home. The Faroeman will readily confess that his country has not progressed as greater countries have done; but he cannot understand that Iceland is, in essentials, but little more advanced than the Faroes, and that where she has gone forward she is often less worthy of praise. In his eyes Reykjavik's iron mansions are very palaces, not quite so magnificent as the stone houses of Lerwick or Kirkwall, maybe; but fine indeed. Leith and Copenhagen are yet more wonderful, but they belong to a different world--to Europe, as the Faroeman himself would say. The attractions of Reykjavik, with its hideous 'tin' houses, its sham modernity, will, in his opinion, offer to the 'European' attractions superior to anything that the Faroes can provide--and the Faroeman is right, chiefly because there are agents in Iceland who will provide, for a price, the majority of those conveniences which are so attractive to the man who travels because it is the correct thing to do, or because he must, and so irritating to him the object of whose journeys is a true holiday--a change of scene and atmosphere. Be this as it may, the attractions of Iceland are not always pre-eminent, for while a Farish cottage is generally clean, an Icelandic farmhouse is almost as often airless, filthy, and verminous. A mediaeval monk...


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