Icelandic Journals

Saturday, August 26th, Thingvellir

 

‘One passes by the church and through the church-yard which is on the higher part of the mound than the house: in the church-yard stands a stone called the Yardstone which is as old as the thirteenth century, and has the Bremen ell marked out on one side, and the English yard on the other’ (IJ p 170).


 

 

 

‘You must not forget when thinking of all this, that the huge wall of the Great Rift does verily bar the whole plain from the slopes of Armansfell to the lake, so that no ordinary man could scale it except in that one place by Snorri’s Booth aforesaid; and the long line of it cuts clean against the sky with never a mountain rising over it till Armansfell thrusts up a broad shoulder at the further end’ (IJ p 172).