Old Red Nose, a North Icelandic Tale

In the North East of Iceland, there is a cape with Eidars and puffins, called Raudanes, or Red Cape. “Nes” is an old term for a nes, or nose, of land, in the same way that mountains have shoulders, backs and arms, continents have icecaps, mountains have jökulls, as the Icelanders say, little jackets of ice, little land-based icebergs, or glaciers, and seacoasts, like mountains, have caps, or heads. On the coast, these caps are capes, in English, and they often have noses.

This is the nose of Red Nose itself. One notes that it is a dragon. Now, how fine is that!

2 thoughts on “Old Red Nose, a North Icelandic Tale

  1. Karen Gummo

    How I long to visit this place!! My great grandfather was born at the farm called Egilstadir which may be just adjacent or not far from you. I am a storyteller in search of my great great grandmother Sigridur Bjornsdottir’s saga. I know part of the tale but not all of it.

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