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They love the links it gives them to their past. Ordinary Icelanders revel in their ability to use phrases from the sagas—written around eight centuries ago—in daily life.

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Mrs Tolkien was not pleased by the attention. He liked the local smoked lamb and dried fish less, preferring to live on endless coffee and cigarettes during his stay there in the s. The country remains the recipient of unwelcome attention from fascists. And Iceland is not enough.

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