The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule

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Viking, Jan 1, 2005 - Arctic regions - 334 pages
Joanna Kavenna went north in search of the Atlantis of the Arctic, the mythical land of Thule.Seen once by an Ancient Greek explorer and never found again, mysterious Thule came to represent the vast and empty spaces of the north. Fascinated for many years by Arctic places, Kavenna decided to travel through the lands that have been called Thule, from Shetland to Iceland, Norway, Estonia, and Greenland.On her journey, she found traces of earlier writers and travellers, all compelled by the idea of a land called Thule: Richard Francis Burton, William Morris, Anthony Trollope, as well as the Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen. She met wilderness-lovers; poets writing epics about ice; Inuit musicians and Polar scientists trying to understand the silent snows.But she came to discover that a darkness also inhabits Thule...

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“Some said ‘Toolay’, some said ‘Thoolay’, a very few said ‘Thool’. Poets rhymed Thule with newly, truly and unruly, but never, it seemed with drool.” The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of ... Read full review

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Thule was the name given to a semi-mythical northern land once reached by Pytheas, the ancient traveler. Joanna Kavenna seeks out all the places in the Northern Hemisphere that have been known as or ... Read full review


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Joanna Kavenna has recently been the Alistair Horne Fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford.

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