Review: The Little Book of the Icelanders

The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old DaysThe Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days by Alda Sigmundsdóttir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In her signature, incredibly easy to read style, Alda gives you a lesson in the history of olden days of Iceland with facts and fun in equal measures over the course of 50 mini essays. Covering everything from the quirks and superstitions of what happens when someone visits a croft (when to knock on the window rather than the door), to food, sheep, community, evening entertainment. All this interspersed with the etymology of the Icelandic words and some cute illustrations – highly recommended to anyone with a passing interest in Iceland and/or its history.

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