Icelandic Sheep

For more than 1000 years the Icelandic sheep has been the unsung hero of the nation. Until around 1910 the sheep was the main milk producer. Practically all clothing was made from wool, and shoes of sheep leather. The meat was, and is, an important source of nutrition. Even the innards, bones, and horns were (and are) used, as well as the pelt and leather. Even though white dominates, there is a great diversity of colours. There are sheep without horns and sheep with four horns… and leadersheep of outstanding intelligence.

As every tourist to Iceland discovers, one meets small groups of sheep time and again along the way. All sheep in Iceland today are ultimately descendants of animals which arrived with the first settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. This small book offers a well-founded introduction to the specifics of Icelandic sheep. A multitude of historic and current photographs, maps, and diagrams make it a treasure trove for fans of Iceland as well as for sheep experts. Contains 8 pages about wool (4 more than the German version of the book).

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ISBN 978-3-9817239-4-6
12 Euros/1.800 ISK plus shipping. 64 pages, 21 x 15 cm.

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