Traditional foods, conserved in the traditional manner, are consumed and most Icelanders attend at least one Thorrablót feast, where there is much merriment and drink.The cuisine is definitely an acquired taste; delicacies include smoked lamb, seared lamb’s head, putrefied shark, ram’s testicles and flatbread, all washed down with Icelandic spirits. Konudagur The month of Thorri comes to an end with 'wife's day', a day to celebrate women.The union with Norway made it possible for Denmark to inherit the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.Beginning in the 17th century, there were several cessions of territory to Sweden.The occasion is marked by various fireworks displays and bonfires.Bóndadagur The first day of the ancient Norse month of Thorri begins with bóndadagur, or 'husband's day'.Denmark, Sweden and Norway were ruled together under the Kalmar Union, established in 1397 and ending with Swedish secession in 1523.
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The name of the country means "Borderlands of the Danes" in reference to a political unit created during the sixth through ninth centuries.
This period was marked by a slow progression of sovereignty among the Danes, a people who originated in Skaane (today the southern part of Sweden) but eventually were based in Jutland.
It was during this period that, in a country with little access to stone, brick became the construction material of choice, not just for churches but also for fortifications and castles.
Under the influence of Frederick II and Christian IV, both of whom had been inspired by the castles of France, Dutch and Flemish designers were brought to Denmark, initially to improve the country's fortifications, but increasingly to build magnificent royal castles and palaces in the Renaissance style.