Icelandic national women's soccer team goaltender Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir runs through about two hundred facial expressions in this interview with RÚV, probably because she has been positioned by the interviewer to face almost directly into the sun. But her discomfort gives her delivery a weight and interest that would do credit to an actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It was Ljot's usual habit to get up early to see to his work and cattle. Gudmund and his men waited in the woods on a tongue of land between two glens. They saw a man leave the farmhouse wearing a dark cape and holding a battle-ax in his hand. He went to the sheep pen and drove out the sheep. Then Gudmund told his men to run up and grab him, but not to use weapons on him.
Ljot saw them, turned around, and ran towards the glen with the battle-ax in his hand. He leaped into the glen, and since there was ice underfoot, he slid all the way down. He wasn't hurt.
Gudmund said, "There he goes!" and threw a spear after him, but it only hit his battle-ax. Ljot picked up the spear and went home. Gudmund went back to the woods and said, "Ljot is skillful, and such men fare well. He's not a troublemaker, but a brave man and shrewd. He took the only way out and he must have known before that he could escape that way. We'll wait now and see what he means to do. We'll not turn away even though staying here is rash indeed."
When Ljot came home he kept the spear -- it was inlaid with gold. Later his men asked where it had come from. Ljot answered, "Gudmund the Mighty sent it to me." They asked who brought it, and Ljot said Gudmund trusted no one in this matter, adding, "He sent it himself."
W. Bryant Bachman, Jr., Four Old Icelandic Sagas and Other Tales,"The Saga of Valla Ljot", pages 62-3.
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum (The Árni Magnússon Insitute For Icelandic Studies) has a very handsome website, mainly in Icelandic as you would expect, but that's good because it immediately starts your brain learning Icelandic just by looking at it. Handrit, for instance, means, pretty obviously, manuscript. The rondel on the left is from this illumination detailing the stages of medieval book publishing. The last step, often forgotten, is to teach the kids to read.
You might think that having a volcano go off in the central business district would be the worst thing that could happen in the history of a town. But no. In 1627 Vestmannaeyjar and surrounding settlements on the south coast of Iceland were attacked by Barbary pirates under a Dutch captain named Murat Reis, and about 400 people were taken captive and sold as slaves in Algeria, and most of them never made it home again. In Vestmannaeyjar the event is remembered as Tyrkjaránið, the Turkish Raid. You can learn about it at the Sagnheimar Folk Museum. Or watch this news report.
Today ÍBV host Keflavík ÍF. Currently ÍBV sit mid-table and are going to miss out on Europe next year if they don't get it together. Keflavík have only three wins so far this season, so it's a timely visit. [1 - 1.]
Round Two of the Scottish Challenge Cup was played this midweek. Queen of the South, Raith Rovers, Annan Athletic, Falkirk, Dundee, Stenhousemuir and Formartine United of the Highland League advance, plus either Rangers or Berwick who play next week.
Morton lost 1 - 2 to Motherwell U20 in a closed door game at Dalziel Park, Carfin, a suburb of Motherwell. Cham was the Morton scorer. Dalziel is pronounced DL.
In Europe this week it was Shakhter Karagandy 2 - 0 Celtic; FH [0 - 2] Genk.
Iceland is opening a museum to volcanism at Vestmannaeyjar which will incorporate some of the buildings buried by ash in the 1973 eruption, including Gerðisbraut 10, where Gerður Sigurðardóttir's used to live.
ÍBV's midweek league game against Keflavík has been postponed to make way for the Europa League second qualifying round second leg match against Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star Belgrade. The first leg ended 2 - 0 in Red Star's favour, so ÍBV need to outscore the Serbs by three goals today to advance to the third qualiying round next week. [0 - 0. Red Star win 0 - 2 on aggregate. ÍBV are out.]
Other Europa League matches involving Icelandic or Scottish clubs:
Hibs 0 - 7 Malmö. Hibs are out.
Standard Liège 3 - 1 KR. KR are out.
St. Johnstone 1 - 1 Rosenborg. St Johnstone advance to the third round. Their opponent will be Minsk.
Sturm Graz 0 - 1 Breiðablik. Breiðablik advance to meet Kazakh side Aktobe in the third round.
On Tuesday in the Champions League Celtic beat Cliftonville 2 - 0 (5 - 0 on aggregate) to advance to the third qualifying round where they will face Elfsborg of Sweden.
FH, the 2012 Icelandic champions, beat Slovakian side Ekranas to advance. FH will face Austria Wien.
The SFL First Division has been renamed the Scottish Championship, though of course the winner of the Scottish Championship will not be Scottish champion.
"Icelanders and Faroese are cousins, really!" "Shut up while I stab you!"Picture.
Today is the first day of play in the 2013-14 Europa League, UEFA's second-tier club tournament. While the Champions League features the top clubs of the major European soccer countries, the Europa League pits the top clubs of the smaller European countries along with the runners-up of the big countries, roughly speaking. It's complicated and sprawling and there are coefficients involved. The first qualifying round, which starts today, is contested by clubs from the really small countries, a category that includes Iceland. Scottish clubs don't enter until the second qualifying round. Each match-up is played in two legs, or as we say in Canada, a home and home series.
Three Icelandic clubs play today:
KR host Glentoran FC, the Northern Irish cup winners. Amazingly, considering the nearly infinite number of possible match-ups, these two clubs met in the very same round just three years ago. KR won that time on an aggregate of 5 goals to 2. [0 - 0.]
FC Santa Coloma, the second-place finishers of Andorra, host Breiðablik. Do not confuse FC Santa Coloma with UE Santa Coloma, who also play today. [No, wait, the order of legs was reversed. This game is now in Iceland.] [Breiðablik win 4 - 0.]
And in the match of the day, ÍBV welcome HB Tórshavn, a red and black team from the Faroe Islands. [1 - 1.]
Today ÍBV host Fram. There are football clubs named Fram throughout Scandinavia, especially in Norway. Are they all named after Nansen's ship? Fram means forward, so it encapsulates a sporting ideal and is also the sort of thing a coach might yell at his players. Fram and from would be a good expression to describe the motion perpendicular to to and fro. [ÍBV beat Fram 1 - 0.]
Tuesday ÍBV traveled to Reykjavík to play Valur to a 1 - 1 score.
Are there any Scots in the Icelandic League? Fram have Jordan Halsman, who appeared in ten games for Morton in 2012-13; Alan Lowing, formerly of Rangers, Clyde and East Fife; and Steven Lennon, formerly of Rangers and Partick Thistle. Valur have Iain Williamson, formerly of Dunfermline and Raith.
Football always has been a summer sport in Iceland. The chorus to the ÍBV club song begins "ÍBV, ÍBV, fögnum saman sumarlangt", or in English "IBV, IBV, welcome summer together."
On Monday the membership of the new Lowland League was announced. The founding clubs will be: Spartans, Threave Rovers, Preston Athletic, Gretna 2008,
Whitehill Welfare, Dalbeattie Star, East Kilbride, Selkirk,
Gala Fairydean Rovers, Edinburgh City, University of Stirling
and Vale of Leithen. Map.
Between the election of East Kilbride FC to the Lowland League and Clyde FC's coming relocation to EK, there now looms the prospect of an East Kilbride derby.
Heart of Midlothian FC are in administration and will play 2013-14 with a 15-point penalty, and without as many players as they can sell, which is good news for Partick.
Yesterday Consadole Sapporo hosted FC Gifu who currently sit 21st in their 22-team division, and won 4 - 0.