Dear friend, my love affair with Iceland began when J.R.R. Tolkien introduced me to the Runes in his book, The Hobbit. That epic work of fantasy led to a lifelong fascination with the medieval and magical..

The 13 companions faced an impossible journey to a towering mountain in the north – The Lonely Mountain – where they had to slay the dragon, Smaug, to reclaim the dwarves’s long forgotten gold.

When I was snapping pictures and looked back and saw this mountain … I felt eight-years-old again! I was at The Lonely Mountain! (in my mind at least)


#10 – The Lonely Mountain

Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

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(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)


Rune Name



Old Icelandic

Ár er gumna góði
ok gott sumar
algróinn akr.
annus     allvaldr.


Plenty = boon to men
and good summer
and thriving crops.

Behind the Scenes

When I saw this mountain, I was instantly transported to Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I knew the picture had to reflect that looming mountain and the dread in the hearts of the 13 companions. Every picture has a story to tell. In Adobe Lightroom CC, I darkened the sky with a (simulated) graduated ND filter and bumped up the contrast overall.

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