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          It is usually said that the first inhabitants of Iceland were Norsemen from Scandinavia, which is proved by some archeological artefacts, but funny enough, The Icelandic Landnámabók (the Book of Settlements)
mentions that the first settlers of Iceland were Irish, as shown in the name of a tiny island called 'Papey',near the east coast of the island, which in Icelandic means 'the island of the Papar', the word 'papar' itself derived from Latin and Old Irish, meaning 'fathers or monks'(popes)....The Landnámabók (the Book of Settlements), dating from the 11th century, clearly states on page 1 that Irish monks designated 'papar', had been living in Iceland before the Norse settlers arrived.Another question comes to mind : why did Irish monks leave Ireland to settle so far up north ? The answer here comes from Ireland where it is said that most early monks had actually been converted to Christianity but deep down had remained partly faithful to the ancient religion of the Celts-druidism. What written or oral tradition that is left from the Druids points to the... ' isles at the North of the world', or 'Tir na n-Og' , the Land of Youth, otherwise called the paradise of the Celts. This might explain why those Irish monks had left Ireland and found themselves in Iceland before the Norsemen arrived there...

          On dit d'habitude que les premiers habitants de l'Islande furent les Scandinaves, ce qu'atteste l'archéologie,mais curieusement, le 'Landnámabók', le Livre islandais des Conquêtes, indique dès sa première page que les premiers colons de l'Islande furent les moines irlandais, comme l'indique la petite île de Papey, qui signifie ' l'île des moines irlandais' , le mot 'papar' dérivé lui même du latin et du celtique pour désigner les pères ou les moines ( le mot pape est de même origine).Le 'Landnámabók', le Livre islandais des Conquêtes datant du 11ème siècle affirme dans sa première page que des moines irlandais s'étaient installés en Islande avant l'arrivée des Vikings. Une autre question se pose: pourquoi ces moines avaient-ils quitté l'Irlande pour aller aussi loin et au nord? La réponse se trouve en Irlande où il est démontré que la plupart des premiers moines irlandais convertis au christianisme étaient restés, pour certains d'entre eux, fidèles à l'ancienne religion des Celtes, le druidisme. Ce qui est attesté du druidisme de nos jours indique que le paradis celtique, appelé aussi Tir na n-Og, ou la Terre de la Jeunesse, se trouvait dans des 'îles au nord du monde', pour reprendre l'expression. Ceci explique peut-être pourquoi ces moines irlandais avaient quitté l'Irlande pour se retrouver en Islande, avant que les premiers Scandinaves y débarquent à leur tour.

          ...This is what I've tried to illustrate with this picture composed and modelled in Bryce5, and postworked in PSP...
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February 16, 2013
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Feb 16, 2013 5:12:52 am
magnifique représentation !!

by bebert Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 5:41:29 am
Wow ! Excellentissime ! Les informations qui complètent ton image m'expliquent beaucoup de choses et je comprends mieux ce que j'avais lu dans certains livres d'écrivains islandais!
Du très bon boulot JL, On en veut encore plus !

by virginiese Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 6:52:11 am
A very eloquent description of the history so well researched, and wonderful artwork.. Bravo my friend! Being monks they would not have left any of my forebears.. ;-)

by danob Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 7:40:39 am
Outstanding work my friend.
God Bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 8:36:48 am
Fantastic image!
Great snow and lighting.

Thank you for the info.


by peedy Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 8:52:56 am
Quelle merveille ! On voit peu d'images aussi porteuses de message, d'un certain mysticisme aussi (avec le moine en fond). Une solitude propice à la prière, avec la grandeur sauvage des paysages alentour...Bravo et grand merci pour les informations fort utiles ; il n'est jamais trop tard pour s'enrichir intellectuellement.

by gaius Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 9:38:45 am
Excellent work!!!

by starfire777 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 9:47:29 am
A great presentation!!

by BorisB Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 10:07:36 am
Jean-Luc, You did an outstanding job is always and your attention to detail can be seen in both the image and the history you provided. Having a lot of Irish in me, I found myself fascinated with the history of Papey. Your detailed explanation of why the Irish monks came to be there was truly intriguing. Also you did a fantastic job of sharing with us what Papey looks like through your eyes.

by magnus073 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 10:17:09 am
Superbe paysage nordique et magnifique présentation!
Ainsi la recherche du paradis les aurait conduits vers le nord... intéressantes explications, merci!

by Jean_C Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 11:40:38 am
Excellent lighting,textures and overall image!

by grafikeer Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 12:04:08 pm
Extraordinária obra meu amigo a paisagem é incrível parece real adoro os detalhes a iluminação é fantástica.++++++++++++++5
Obrigado pelo texto.

by MarciaGomes Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 12:12:48 pm
Beautiful work!

by GrayCloudDesign Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 1:02:45 pm
Magnifique composition et infos intéressantes sur l'Islande !

by Leije Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 2:31:23 pm
SO impressive!

by FredNunes Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 4:56:22 pm
beautiful! great work!

by sandra46 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 5:10:06 pm
Wonderful portrayal. It really conveys the feeling regarding the history of Papey as you told it. Really, really good.

by mgtcs Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 6:14:46 pm
very beautiful

by flavia49 Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 6:46:52 pm
Excellent job!

by GrandmaT Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 11:22:18 pm
what I understand it was not as cold there before 1000ad it got cold after that time

by jocko500 Homepage »

Feb 17, 2013 3:40:09 am
Beautiful work, dear Jean-Luc. Brilliant write up too. I have learned something new today from you. Hugs and Bisous. DCi. xx

by rainbows Homepage »

Feb 17, 2013 10:56:24 am
Beautiful snowy scene!

by Badsue Homepage »

Feb 17, 2013 4:15:25 pm
Fantastic work, very well done!

by Darkwish Online Now!   Homepage »

Feb 18, 2013 2:59:31 am
Amazing scene, nice work!

by fallen21 Homepage »

Feb 18, 2013 3:11:46 am
more than excellent Friend - wow

by Umbetro38 Homepage »


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