Skírnir is the journal of Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag (est. 1816). It was founded in 1827 as the successor to Íslenzk sagnablöð, and is currently the oldest cultural journal in Northern Europe. In the nineteenth century, Skírnir mostly carried news from Iceland and abroad along with obituaries and memorial poems. At the time it was Icelanders’ main source of information about distant places such as Africa, Asia and South America and is an important source for Icelandic ideas about the world in the nineteenth century.
Skírnir was changed into a scholarly and cultural journal in the early nineteenth century, carrying …
Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Skírnir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19680, accessed 28 September 2023.]