#NOLA Wednesday: Behind the Scenes of Pirate’s Alley

So if you’ve read ELYSIAN FIELDS (and if not, why not, I ask you? LOL.), you’ve heard of Ittoqqortoormiit. It’s the place where the wizards have a remote facility for those among them who develop mental or criminal disabilities. It’s Central Lockup for the wizarding world.

Ittoqqortoormiit  map

Where would I get such a name? Why, on a map, of course. So, welcome to the real Ittoqqortoormiit. Formerly known as Scoresbysund, the town of approximately 450 is located in eastern Greenland. As I write this, the temperature is -13F (-25C) with 61 percent humidity. (Uh, sounds kinda like Chicago or Boston lately.) Its most plentiful life forms are polar bears, muskoxen, and seals.


DJ does not want to go to Ittoqqortoormiit, for any number of reasons. I, however, think it’s charming. The word means “people who live in big houses,” or something like that, and look! They’re wonderful! Actually, because of the bright colors and similar sizes, it feels like a tiny slice of New Orleans was picked up and put down on (very) foreign soil.


As for why I chose Ittoqqortoormiit for the location of the wizards’ lockup, it met my requirements. It’s very very remote, hard to reach (there’s periodic helicopter service and occasional boats, but sea ice makes that a problem), and, well, cold. Plus, I love the name.

The adventurous part of me would love to visit Ittoqqortoormiit; the aging realist part of me says “oh hell no.” How about you—would you like to visit Ittoqqortoormiit?

6 thoughts on “#NOLA Wednesday: Behind the Scenes of Pirate’s Alley

  1. No, I don’t think I’d like to visit Ittoqqortoormiit. Went to Argentia, Newfoundland once, didn’t like it. Military plane, forced to land in a very bad snow storm, sat in a Quonset Hut for hours. All I say was snow.

  2. Since I’m a warm weather person, I wouldn’t like to visit Ittoqqortoormiit. It is much too cold and isolated. If you hadn’t posted this information, I would definitely have thought you made up the name.

  3. It does sound like Chicago! I’ve had enough with minus wind chills and snow. Definitely prefer warmer climates! The colorful houses are pretty.

  4. Yes, Liz and Roger–you’ve both had quite a winter! On second thought, I’ve been whining because it was in the 40s this winter. I probably wouldn’t last long in Greenland 🙂