Finnur Jónsson was the most prominent philologist and editor of Old Icelandic material in his lifetime. Responsible for an enormous output of editions that are still in use, his legacy as a scholar of literature has been less significant.
Born in Iceland in 1858, Finnur arrived in Copenhagen, then the capital of Iceland, as a student in 1878 and lived there until his death in 1934. He became a lecturer in Nordic philology at the University of Copenhagen in 1887, and a professor from 1898, a position he retained until his retirement in 1928. He died in 1934.
Finnur’s importance to Nordic philology lies largely in his numerous editions of Old Norse texts: Egils saga (1886-88), Hauksbók …
Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Finnur Jónsson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14813, accessed 21 September 2023.]