Jón Helgason (poet)

Jón Helgason (June 30, 1899 - January 19, 1986) was an Icelandic philologist and poet.[1][2] He was head of the Danish Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies from 1927 to 1972 and professor of Icelandic studies at the University of Copenhagen from 1929 to 1969.[1] He made significant contributions to his field. As a poet he was not prolific but noted for his highly polished and effective traditional poetry. His best-known poems are Áfangar and Í Árnasafni.[3]

One of his discoveries at the institute is the pair of glossaries that are the only documentation on Basque–Icelandic pidgin.[4]

In 1923 he married Þórunn Ástriður Björnsdóttir (1895-1966) and in 1975 married Agnete Loth (1921-1990).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Schjørring, Jens Holger (1979–1984). "Jón Helgason". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. 3. Gyldendal. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  2. ^ Benediktsson, Jakob (1986). "Jón Helgason". Skírnir (in Icelandic). 160: 5.
  3. ^ Amory, Frederic (1998). "The Poet in Jón Helgason". Scandinavian Studies. 70 (2): 209–232. ISSN 0036-5637. JSTOR 40920041.
  4. ^ Miglio, Viola Giulia (2008). ""Go shag a horse!": The 17th–18th Century Basque-Icelandic Glossaries Revisited". Journal of the North Atlantic. 1: 25–36. doi:10.3721/071010. ISSN 1935-1933.

Höfundur: Jón Helgason