Recently Icelander DustyMiller has supplied a transcription and translation in that same thread, at
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It was designed by Matthías Þórðarson.
The classic first airmail and first semipostal stamps of Iceland have strong artistic appeal:
frímerki — postage stamp
The overprint on the airmail stamps is
Þjónustumerki — official/service stamp
Þjónustu — service
The semipostal stamps have three designated subjects:
slysavarnir — accident prevention
barnahæli — care of children
ellihæli — care of the elderly
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_languageWikipedia wrote:Icelandic (/aɪsˈlændɪk/; Icelandic: íslenska [ˈistlɛnska]) is a North Germanic language spoken by about 314,000 people, the vast majority of whom live in Iceland where it is the national language. It is most closely related to Faroese and Western Norwegian.
The language is more conservative than most other Western European languages. While most of them have greatly reduced levels of inflection (particularly noun declension), Icelandic retains a four-case synthetic grammar ...and is distinguished by a wide assortment of irregular declensions. Since the written language has not changed much, Icelanders are able to read classic Old Norse literature created in the 10th through 13th centuries (such as the Eddas and sagas) with relative ease.
Icelandic is closely related to Faroese; the written forms of the two languages are very similar, but their spoken forms are not mutually intelligible. It is not mutually intelligible with the continental Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish) and is more distinct from the most widely spoken Germanic languages, English and German, than those three are.
Two letters present in Icelandic and Old English alphabets
No longer found in Modern English, the following two letters are "characteristic" of Icelandic:
Ð, ð [edh], pronounced like 'th' in English "than".
Edh (also called eth) is a letter in Old English, Middle English, Icelandic, Faroese and Elfdalian.
Þ, þ [thorn] pronounced like 'th' in English "thick".
Thorn is a letter in Old English, Gothic, Old Norse and Old Swedish, as well as modern Icelandic.
Basic word order
/RogerEWikipedia wrote:The basic word order in Icelandic is subject–verb–object[SVO]. However, as words are heavily inflected, the word order is fairly flexible, and every combination may occur in poetry; SVO, SOV, VSO, VOS, OSV and OVS are all allowed for metrical purposes. However, as with most Germanic languages, Icelandic usually complies with the V2 word order restriction, so the conjugated verb in Icelandic usually appears as the second element in the clause, preceded by the word or phrase being emphasized. For example:Ég veit það ekki — I know it not.
Ekki veit ég það — Not know I it.
Það veit ég ekki — It know I not.