Islenzk Spil ,designed by Tryggvi Magnusson in 1930.
This pack is a later printing of the Islenzk Spil deck where each card except the Aces have a striped yellow background within the line frame as opposed to the plain white backgrounds of earlier printings ,Also this later version uses Four-colour process printing which looks more colourful than the earlier decks that were printed using Half-tone Black,Red ,Yellow and Blue giving the cards a rather sombre effect. The very first printing of June 1930 by Vereinigte Alternburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, Altenberg Germany has very elaborate Silver and Gold highlights on the tuck box and back`s.
The Court Cards each show two different Heroes or Heroines of Icelandic Sagas,named on the elaborate strapwork dividing Band,the Icelandic colours in a central circle. The Kings have crowned pips and the Aces each carry two scenic views in Black and White. The first four editions carried a legend giving the artists name on the Seven of Hearts, this was omitted after 1937 as Magnus Kjaran bought the rights to the cards.
Kings - Vigo-Styrr was a chieftain of Borgrfjordur. mentioned in the Heidarviga Saga.
Egill Skallagrimsson was a chieftain from Borg and the greatest poet of the time of the sagas
Queens - Unnur Djupudga, wife of war king Olafur the White, was one of the settlers of Iceland.
Audur Vesreinsdottir was the wife of Gisli Sursson and famous for her fidelity to her husband.
Jacks - Grettir Asmundsson was one of the strongest men and greatest swimmer, but ill fated in the Grettis Saga.
Gisli Sursson was a great hero, but also an outlaw for many years. His story is told in the Gisli Sursson Saga.
Kings - Snorri Sturluson, A brilliant historian and a powerful Chieftain.
Hrafn Haengsson , elected first law-speaker of Iceland in the year 930, a decendant of the Norwegian earls.
Queens - Helga Haraldsdottir, daughter of a Norwegian earl, was married to Hordur Grimkelsson.
Helga the Fair was the daughter of Thorstein the White,the most beautiful lady at the time of the sagas.
Jacks - Hordur Grimkelsson, a promising leader, was outlawed. His story is told in the Harder Saga.
Gunnlauger the Snake`s tongue is one of the principal characters in the love story The Gunnlaug Saga.
Kings - Sidu-Hallur ,Known for his wisdom, one of the first chieftains to embrace the christian faith.
Njall Thorgeirsson, known for his wisdom and knowledge of the law.
Queens - Thorbjorg Kolbrun was the lady love and muse of Thormodur Bersason,the Kolbrun poet.
Bergthora Skarphedinsdottir was the wife of Njall of Berhthorshvall.
Jacks - Skarphedinn Njalsson was the son of Njall and Berthora, a strong and brave man.
Thormodur Kolbrunarskald was a poet and soldoer in the army of St Olafur, King of Norway.
Kings - Gunnar Hamunudarson, a friend of Njall, was outlawed but didn`t flee from his homeland.
Olafur Pai a popular chieftain,was the son of the priest Hoskuldar Dalakollsson.
Queens - Hallgerdur Langbrok was a beautiful woman with fair hair, married to Gunnar Hamundarson.
Gudrun Osvifursdottir was a beautiful woman who was married four times and survived all her husbands.
Jacks - Kari Solmundarson was Njall`s son-in-law
Kjartan Olafsson ,the main character in the Laxdaela Saga and was the son of Olafur Pai.
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