Is it the long dark days of winter, or because sagas form the foundation of their culture? Whatever reason, the bookshops and libraries are buzzing! People are reading. It's a tradition that they give each other books at Christmas.
Here at Eymundsson's, Iceland oldest and largest bookseller, the books are arranged with as many covers out as spines - must make the the cover illustrators and designers happy!
And since the eighteenth century, language purity has prevailed. They don’t adopt foreign words for new concepts – they invent new words, or give old words new meanings. For instance, tolva means computer but is derived from 'number prophetess'. I love it! Would love to be a fly on the wall when these committees have their discussions.