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  • Countdown to publication: RUPTURE Day 11

    Countdown to publication: RUPTURE Day 11

    We’re drawing to a close here, folks! RUPTURE will be available on Christmas Eve – which is a very important part of the Jólabókaflóðið tradition! The prizes are AMAZING! LOOK! It’s DAY 11 of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the 11th of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Door Sniffer (Gáttaþefur in Icelandic)! He arrives on 22nd December and leaves on the 4th of January. Read More

  • Countdown to Publication: RUPTURE Day 10

    Countdown to Publication: RUPTURE Day 10

    It’s DAY NINE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the tenth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Window Peeper (Gluggagægir in Icelandic)! He arrives on 21st December and leaves on 3rd January, and his MO is to peer through the windows of Icelandic homes in search of something to swipe! Like most of the Santas, he has a perpetually empty belly, and it’s food he’s seeking. I’m starting to think that Icelanders must lock up all their food over the Christmas period … and it’s becoming increasingly clear that GRÝLA has not taught her sons any manners. Sadly for Window Peeper, he’s not very attractive, and the sight of him causes children to flee from the windows in floods of tears. Read More

  • Countdown to Publication: RUPTURE Day 9

    Countdown to Publication: RUPTURE Day 9

    It’s DAY NINE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the ninth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Sausage Swiper (Bjúgnakrækir in Icelandic)! He arrives on 20th December and leaves on 2nd January, and across that period, Icelanders will be on guard, to keep their Christmas sausages (Bjúga, a salty smoked Icelandic sausage) safe from this meddling thief! In the past, he’d sit in the rafters and watch the sausages being smoked, nipping down when the coast was clear to crawl through the ashes and smoke to grab them. These days, he’s much more brazen, popping in and out of people’s homes to steal his favourite treat. Always hungry, Sausage Swiper didn’t take long to find a farm. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

    Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

    It’s DAY EIGHT of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the eighth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Skyr Gobbler (Skyrgámur in Icelandic)! It won’t surprise you to learn that he has his eye on the skyr – a delicious strained dairy product, a bit of a cross between yoghurt and soft cheese – that is traditionally served with milk and a sprinkling of sugar. Skyr Gobbler perches on the rafters to await the moment when he can slip down and polish off any skyr in the house. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

    It’s DAY SEVEN of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the seventh of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Door-Slammer (also known as Hurðaskellir) who arrives on the 18th of December and departs on the 31st. This disruptive Santa isn’t a thief, but nocturnally naughty! His favourite activity is slamming doors, particularly in the dead of night, when everyone is asleep. He travels throughout town, moving from house to house, and waking hapless homeowners (and scaring them half to death) with his prank. He slams the doors so ferociously, he’s also known as ‘Skirt-Swinger’ because of the draughts he causes. For the record, locking your doors makes no difference. He manages to get them open, no matter how well they are secured. The solution? Ear plugs. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY SIX

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY SIX

    It’s DAY SIX of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the sixth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Bowl-Licker (also known as Askasleikir) who arrives on the 17th of December and departs on the 30th. Another thief! This crafty  Santa hides under the bed and waits for someone to put down their dish … he’s there in a flash to steal the bowl AND lick it clean. Not surprisingly, fussy children are big fans of Bowl-Licker! In the olden days, Icelanders ate from a wooden bowl with a lid, known as an askur. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE

    It’s DAY FIVE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the fifth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Pot Scraper (also known as Pottaskefill) who arrives on the 16th of December and departs on the 29th. Unlike skinny Ladle Licker, he’s rotund, and spends far too much time scraping pots to steal all of the leftovers! Watch out for him, if you were planning to save something for lunch the next day! He has a special trick. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FOUR

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FOUR

    It’s DAY FOUR of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the fourth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Ladle Licker (also known as ‘Spoon Licker’ or Þvörusleikir) who arrives on the 15th of December and departs on the 28th. He’s a skinny Santa, and he never gets enough to eat. For this reason, he’s usually skulking around the fire, waiting for someone to turn their backs so that he can grab the ladle from the pot and give it a lick! Ladle Licker lingered on the road, long and thin he looks like a flagpole. Hurrying in the dark he found a pot at once and greedily started to lick the ladle. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY THREE

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY THREE

    It’s DAY THREE of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the third of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Shorty (also known as ‘Stubby’ or Stúfur) who arrives on the 14th of December and departs on the 27th. He’s best known for lurking in the kitchen to grab a pan of food when the cook’s back is turned! Icelandic chefs keep a close eye on their kitchens during Shorty’s stay … he’s small and can slip away unseen! Poor Shorty kept his undivided attention on the kitchen pans, coveting their contents. On stubby legs he hovered near the larder, ingenious in finding ways to get near the roast. Waiting in a corner where he was unseen, for a chance to snatch a pan of juicy meat. Read More

  • Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY TWO

    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY TWO

    It’s DAY TWO of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the second of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads). Just in case you’ve missed it here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE. The next Santa is Gully Gawk (Giljagaur), who arrives on the 13th of December and departs on the 26th. He’s best known for hiding in gullies, and waiting for a chance to slip out and steal the milk from the cowshed! Gull Gawk slid silently into the cowshed, saw the bull and didn’t want to come closer. Looking into every corner he didn’t see a soul and thought he might try and get some milk. He took hold of a teat, and milk ran into his palm, but the cow was annoyed and gave him a kick. Read More