Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Island of Three Winds

Drangey Bird Cliff in North-Iceland and the Viking Grettir the Strong
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On the island of βrju Vindúr, life was defined by directions of three winds. A treacherous wind blew in from the ocean, while bitter cold wind swept down from mountains.  Winds from valleys sneaked in over green hills, blasting unexpectedly.

One at a time would have been acceptable, but usually two or three gusted through the town of Bakkafjörður all at once.  Merely walking up or down a street necessitated clinging to a wall, or hanging on for dear life on a ship rope strung along streets. 

Needless to say, villagers were noted for exceptional muscular development.  Even so, none could walk up or down streets without assistance.  However, one man had this skill, and he mocked other villagers as he strolled along, hands in pockets, posture straight.  Only his hair waved as winds blew.

Eiður was such a man.  No humility existed in him.  Pride emanated off him. Oh, how others grew to hate him.

He had the chance to leave the island on a ship delivering goods (as you can imagine little could be grown there).  Hopping aboard, he waved at villagers who wished all sorts evil to descend upon him.

Eiður returned after a month with big smiles and stories to tell.  But he had no idea that a month away from three winds had changed him.

He stepped off the ship and was immediately thrown to his hands and knees.  Trying stand up, Eiður found himself again creeping like a dog along streets to his house.  He could not stand.  He could not pull himself up on the ropes. 

From there on, Eiður moved from one spot to another, crawling.  Villagers watched him.  Justification was theirs.


Í andlitð!
(In your face!) 

This language is Icelandic, taken from a site, Translating English to Icelandic.


Keldur, where there is still a Viking age floor in the hall.
Company of Heroes

This story is strictly metaphorical.  No such island exists in Iceland, altho there are many other amazing islands and land forms!

20 comments:

  1. Pride goeth before a fall. Or in his case, before several falls.

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  2. Yes, and may he have more future falls.

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  3. I wondered what language that was. I was thinking Danish or Swedish, maybe Norwegian. Now I see how close I was. Iceland belongs to Denmark.
    I wouldn't mind having good muscular development like that, but having to haul oneself around by ropes doesn't seem like fun.

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    1. Icelandic is considered the purest language of original Vikings. Denmark definitely.

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  4. Never grow cocky as it can all be taken away.
    I've lived in places that felt like that.

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  5. An ill wind blows no good, especially for that fellow.

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  6. WE all get ours in the end don't we? Doesn't pay to be cocky.

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    1. Just when I thought I had conquered a skill, invariably I hadn't.

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  7. Kinda similar to astronauts, I imagine. Gravity isn't that hard when you're used to it, but be in microgravity for a long time, and dealing with our normal pull is hard.

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    1. That would definitely be true! Living on a space station for months at a time would have a tremendous effect on bones.

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  8. Can sure come back to bite one in the butt, cocky doesn't pay.

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  9. The words Pride and Fall come to mind ...

    All the best Jan

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  10. Kind of a sad story, but I was rooting for Eiður. I liked that he was able to get around like he did. I guess I'm always going against the grain.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I would think you would be. Would you be crawling up a hill, hanging onto a rope, or able to stand against the winds?

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  11. The greatest friend of truth is time, the greatest enemy is prejudice and may your constant companion be humility.

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    1. Awesome. that would make a great header for a blog.

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