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Scandinavia and Iceland

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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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302 words

...century, and in the next century became a republic with its own parliament, the Althing. In the 13th century it came under the Norwegian crown in a personal union, and in the 14th, both Norway and Iceland passed under Danish control. Iceland gradually lost its political autonomy, a process which was deeply resented, especially since the economy was dominated by the Danes. In the course of the 19th century, the Icelanders increasingly pressed for a restoration of rights; the Althing was re-established in 1843 , and in 1874 Iceland was given limited home rule....

Thing

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...still called the storting , which divides itself into the Lagting (‘law assembly’) and the Odelsting (‘allodium assembly’ – allodium was a form of absolute property ownership, free of any feudal obligations). The Icelandic parliament, the oldest in the world, is called the Althing (‘whole assembly’). Thing, The The latest fashion, as: ‘Split skirts are now all the thing.’ Things that go bump in the night Unexplained but (it is implied) supernatural agencies that make noises in a house at night, to the consternation of the hearer. The expression comes from...

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