Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Icelandic Horse and the Ort

Photo by F. Howell, Cornell University Library
Taken around 1900, this print is labelled as "'Bloc,' Hvítárvatn. One of the 'orts' of Langjökull."  I had to do some research to figure out what this meant since "ort" means a bit of uneatten food remaining at the end of a meal.  Langjökull is the second largest ice cap in Iceland located in the western part of the Icelandic interior.  And Hvítárvatn is a lake near this glacier.  So my interpretation of the caption is that this Icelandic horse is taking a rest near one of the huge "bits" thrown out by an active volcano at one point in time.  How would you interpret the caption?

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