Jón Arason from Vatnsfjörður

Þórunn Sigurðardóttir (University of Iceland)
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In the autumn of 1636, a double wedding was celebrated at the farm Reykhólar in the Westfjords in Iceland. One of the bridegrooms was Jón Arason, the other his brother, Þorlákur. The former’s bride was Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir, granddaughter of Bishop Oddur Einarsson at Skálholt and great-granddaughter of the celebrated poet Einar Sigurðsson at Eydalir. Contemporary sources describe this wedding as a splendid affair with an unusually large number of guests attending and generous treatment in food and drink (

Annálar 1400–1800

III, 112). Both couples were from wealthy and powerful families and the guests belonged to the upper crust of Icelandic society, as a line in a commemorative poem about Jón Arason demonstrates: “Litu menn þar hóp tiginna manna” [(At the…

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Citation: Sigurðardóttir, Þórunn. "Jón Arason from Vatnsfjörður". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15122, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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