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Snorri Sturluson (abt. 1178 - abt. 1241)

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Snorri Sturluson
Born about in Hvammur, Icelandmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Reykholt, Icelandmap [uncertain]
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Snorri Sturluson is Notable.

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.

Snorri was murdered at home at Reykholt in 1241. [1][2] [3]

Research notes

  • "Born in Iceland 1178. Law-speaker of the General Assembly 1215-1218 1222-1231. In Norway 1218-1220 1237-1239 Accused of treason by the Norwegian king (Haakon IV?) and murdered by a political enemy in 1241". [4]


  1. Wikipedia: Snorri Sturluson
  2. Heimskringla Part one The Olaf Sagas Everyman's Library Dutton: New York 1964 ISBN 0 460 00717 3. Notes at beginning
  3. Jon Jonas Donaldson: His notes on the family tree (says he died in 1242)
  4. Heimskringla Part one The Olaf Sagas Everyman's Library Dutton: New York 1964 ISBN 0 460 00717 3. Notes at beginning

* 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


  • This person was created through the import of Shaunna.ged on 11 February 2011.

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On 13 May 2015 at 15:26 GMT Rick Pierpont wrote:

On 10 Apr 2015 at 13:42 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Is this the Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson? In that case I have information saying that he was probably born around 1179.

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