The Chart of the Seas – Orkney on the Carta Marina from 1539

Orkney Museum has a fabulous reproduction of a beautiful and seriously unscientific map of Scandinavia showing the islands of Orkney, which was originally published in 1539. A man called Olaus Magnus went to Rome, found he had to stay there, and made the best of it by compiling this incredibly compelling map. I love the monuments and monsters he portrays.

Now which of those islands is which?

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