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The Heathen Gods Lie (There) | by Diana Michaels
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The Heathen Gods Lie (There)

The waterfall Goðafoss is closely connected with one of the most important events in Icelandic history, the conversion to Christianity from heathendom or "the old custom" in the year 1000.


At that time Þorgeir Þorkelsson, chieftain from nearby Ljósavatn was lawspeaker in Iceland.


As such he was faced with the task of settling the growing disputes between Christians and those who worshipped the old Nordic gods.


Despite being a heathen priest himself, he decided that all of Iceland should be Christian, as is famously recorded in the Sagas.


Once he returned back to his home from this historic Parliament meeting at Alþingi, he dispensed of his heathen gods by throwing them into the falls in a symbolic act of the conversion. This is how Goðafoss got its name, which means 'Waterfall of the gods'


Þorgeir's story is preserved in Ari Þorgilsson's Íslendingabók.


Some info on the shot:

ISO 100 ; f/20 (with a 6-stop ND filter) ; 6 secs ; @15mm

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Taken on September 23, 2011