My short trip to Reykholt was delightful. The priest there, Geir Waage, was exceptionally gracious and gave me a personal tour of the church and a personal lecture on Icelandic history and literature. He is both deeply learned and passionate about his topics and helped to explain a number of issues to me, including some questions regarding the conversion of the Icelanders to Christianity and the collapse of the Icelandic Commonwealth in the 13th Century. His explanations were interspersed with beautiful readings from memory of old Skaldic poems in the Norse language, which he then translated into English and the kennings of which he carefully explicated. It was quite a visit.
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