Happy Feast of Saint Thorlacius.
I hope everyone got some “cured” skate!
It is the reason for the season, the excuse for all Manly Men, and Women, to go somewhere suitable (like the garage, your uncle’s house, or a restaurant desperate enough to put up with the smell and serve the stuff) and eat the food traditional to this Eve of of the Day of Advent Yule.
Þorlákur, the patron saint of Iceland, a truly novel game of Thor’s to have one of his own be the patron Saint.
His feast has been celebrated on this day for 808 years, by law.
Tindaskata – from fauna.is
Copyright Jón Baldur Hlíðberg, www.fauna.is.
UPDATE: if you like funky fish, fowl or plants, www.fauna.is has the most comprehensive and gorgeous set of pictures, drawings and plates of the wildlife of Iceland.
In celebration of this day, leading into the festive season, the obscure custom of eating cured skate has spread – since skate is poisonous fresh, it has to decompose sligtly first, and is then eaten, either lightly salted or strongly salted, and rotten.
With potatos, and butter, or molten lambs fat with crispy bits of abdominal membranes. Yummy.
You only eat the wings! That is important.
Wash down with lots of cold beer – Egil’s, or Polar – and icecold brennivín.