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The Althing is the Icelandic Parliament, founded in 930 AD and featured as a central plot point in the 13th-century “Njals Saga,” which featured events that took place in the period between 960 and 1020 AD. The saga concerns the family of Njal Thorgeirsson and the feuds which embroiled Iceland in this period as a consequence of both honor and fate; there are several instances of prophetic dreams which affect the choices of characters, sometimes leading to their deaths. The Althing serves as a venue for a tense legal showdown between two rival families, in which Njal, a renowned lawyer, proves his strength of argument and skills in legal matters.
In the relevant passages, it is shown that the justice system of the Althing was based on knowledge of a concrete legal code and appeals to a jury, much as many legal systems function today; considering this saga takes place some 1000 years before the present, this is a considerable development of personal rights and legality compared to many other contemporary systems.
However, in the course of the saga and despite his many good qualities and nobility of character, Njal is killed, and the cycle of feuds continues until almost all of both families are dead. This only ends when both sides agree to abide by the rule of law as set down by the Althing. It is believed that the author intended this to serve as an example; writing it in post-Norse Christian, 13th-century Iceland, firmly under the rule of the Norwegian kings, he may have intended it to serve as a moral tale illustrating the anarchic and bloodthirsty old ways.
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This here is nothing short of amazing
Now this is solidarity.
I’m so speechless that’s amazing wow
The cops are REALLY going to look like even bigger assholes if they tear gas people now. Like, now instead of just a state Senator, a bunch of people who came all the way from India to protest can just be like “Yeah, when are you gonna gas us again?”