Snorri Sturluson was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He is credited with writing the Prose Edda (aka Younger Edda), the Skáldskaparmál, the Háttatal, and the Heimskringla. He is also believed to have written Egil's Saga.
He is reported to be the son of Sturla Þórðarson the elder of Hvammur and his second wife, Guðný Böðvarsdóttir. Sources indicate that he was likely to have been born around 1179 in Hvammur. It is said that he married Herdís, the daughter of Bersi Vermundarson around 1199. The two remained together for four years, and had at least two children. But Snorri had a reputation for philandering, and when he moved to his estate at Reykholt, Herdis did not go with him.
He is reputed to have had five more children with Guðrún Hreinsdóttir, Oddný, and Þuríður Hallsdóttir.
* Academia : A discussion of the Prose Edda written about 1220 by Snorri Sturluson; intended to preserve an older literary tradition. Northern Myths, Modern Identities, ed. Simon Halink (Leiden: Brill), 2019 : ch: 4 - Norse Myths, Nordic Identities: The Divergent Case of Icelandic Romanticism by Gylfi Gunnlaugsson
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