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Iceland at War and Peace

The Battle of Örlygsstaðir was fought in a sheepfold on August  21, 1238. A terrible business. It was fought here.


It was a rout. It’s hard to defend yourself behind a three-foot-high loose stone wall. Little is left.p1190503

There’s a bench, for when the grimness of battle and waste overcomes you.


But, look: sheep!p1190507-2

Battles come and go, but sheep remain.

Forget the cruise missiles. Take the long view. Go with the sheep.