It really is time for a comprehensive survey, in no particular order.
7. The young ladies of Sweden.
6. The Lagarfljótsormur. Come with me when I inevitably resettle in Iceland, and we shall hunt him together.
5. Speaking of Iceland, elves. Note that the important point is not that the Icelanders believe in elves, although that’s nice too. No, the crux of the matter is that Iceland is home to the huldufoldk, and someday I will find them.
3. Snorri Sturluson. Have you read the Prose Edda yet? No? Then stop reading this blog and read that instead.
Also, names like Snorri Sturluson.
Deliberately not mentioned: Abba, Ikea
Extra anecdotal reason: I spent time in a Stockholm airport recently, and the men all looked like Ryan Gosling in a fisherman’s sweater.
And it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of luxuriant blonde hair and paid paternity leave must be in want of a wife.