• March 27th, 2008

    Faroe Islands: Mythical Places

    All over the Nordic World there are places, which for some reason have been regarded as haunted ...
  • March 26th, 2008

    Denmark: Nordic Mythology

    Many places in the Danish landscape are steeped in myth and legend, such as Lindholm Hoje and Feggeklit in the Liim Fjord area. Both appear on the stamps in "Mythical Places", the third and final part of the series on Nordic mythology. The series began in 2004 with the theme "World of the Gods" and continued in 2006 with "Mythical Creatures". The eight Nordic countries taking part in the stamp iss ...
  • March 23rd, 2008

    Norse mythology - mythical places: Dovre

    The Dovre mountains have a place in Norway's cultural history as a symbol of unity and identity. The area is an integral part of the myths about the origins of the Norwegian people and of its kings and earls and it features in the initiation of heroes and in medieval pilgrimages to Nidaros. "United and true until Dovre falls", declared the members of Norway's constituent assembly at Eidsvoll in 18 ...
  • March 10th, 2008

    Mythical Princess Signhild on Miniature Sheet

    In March, the third and last miniature sheet of the joint Nordic series featuring Nordic mythology will be out. The theme is Mythical places. Aland has plenty of mythical places and the motif chosen for the miniature sheet is fascinating and surrounded with myth, to say the least! Legend has it that Signhild, a British princess, was instructed to marry a Norwegian prince. Accompanied by her commun ...
  • February 24th, 2008

    Nordic stamps – a passport to mythical places

    The Nordic postal operators' Nordic stamp series has mythical places as its common theme for this year. On 27 March Finland Post will issue in this series a miniature sheet of two stamps with the subject of the "cliff god" of Astuvansalmi and the amber discovered nearby. Both stamps have a value of €0.70, so the miniature sheet will cost €1.40. The miniature sheet was designed by Antti Raudaskoski ...
  • February 21st, 2008

    Norse Mythology: Two Greenlandic legends

    On 27th March 2008 POST Greenland together with the 7 other Nordic countries issues the third and last part of the series "Norse Mythology". This time the topics are Mythical places in the landscape and Mythical images in the landscape. POST Greenland issues two of the Norden-stamps and a Souvenir Sheet, which is also issued in a joint Souvenir Folder. The latter is the third and last Souvenir Fol ...
  • March 29th, 2006

    Iceland: Nordic Mythology II

    The Nordic countries are issuing a joint stamp series on Nordic mythology in three parts. The theme of this second part is "mythical beings". From time immemorial, Nordic folklore has it that these beings exist, scaring and fascinating mankind. Their existence served as an explanation to most natural phenomena and was also practical in child upbringing. In some way or another, most mythical beings ...
  • March 29th, 2006

    Denmark: Mythical creatures in the landscape

    The minisheet features a mythical landscape in the moonlight. The DKK 4.75 stamp features motifs from a hill of elves ...
  • March 29th, 2006

    Greenland: The Mother of the Sea and the Mistress of the Weather

    The Greenlandic legend of "The Mother of the Sea" is about Uitsatagangitsoq, who travels to the Mother of the Sea since his settlement is suffering from hunger due to a lack of animals to catch. He then has to persuade her to release the animals. In order to get her to do this, he is ordered to go back home and explain to the humans what they have been doing wrong in their lives. Asiaq ...
  • March 28th, 2006

    The 'Letesgubbe'

    The second part of the three-part Nordic series of miniature sheets on the theme Nordic mythology features "mythical beings". The Aland miniature sheet shows a 'letesgubbe'. Letesgubbar were mythical beings who lived in the archipelago. By banging walls, jangling and throwing objects to attract people's attention, they warned for oncoming storms. 'Letesgubbar' were short old men, who looked a lot ...