Ólína Andrésdóttir

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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The Icelandic twin sisters and poets Herdís and Ólína Andrésdóttir were born in Flatey in Breiðafjörður on 13 June 1858 and died in Reykjavík, Ólína in 1935. They published a volume of poetry together in 1924, under the title 

Ljóðmæli

[Poetry], an expanded edition arriving in 1976. Because of this publishing process, the sisters are often regarded as a unity, but in fact they were separated in childhood and rarely met again until their old age in Reykjavík. There is also a considerable difference between their poetry. Ólína was more prolific and clearly more serious about her poetry, and about 2/3 of the original

Ljóðmæli

edition are by her. Thus she was one of several female poets of her generation who composed

þulur

, much in the vein of her relative Theodóra…

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Ólína Andrésdóttir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15034, accessed 04 March 2024.]

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