List of Icelandic writers

Iceland has a rich literary history, which has carried on into the modern period.[2]

Halldór Kiljan Laxness, one of Iceland's most noted authors, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955[1]

Some of the best known examples of Icelandic literature are the Sagas of Icelanders. These are prose narratives based on historical events that took place in Iceland and the surrounding areas during the Saga Age.[3][4] Most of these sagas were recorded during the 13th and 14th centuries, but the original authors and subsequent recorders of the works are unknown and thus not listed here. Although it has been suggested that Snorri Sturluson is the author of Egil's Saga.[5] The Saga tradition is not limited only to Iceland, and is an integral part of Norse mythology throughout the Nordics.[6][7]

Another dominant form of Icelandic literature is poetry. Iceland has a rich history of poets, with many poets listed here. The early poetry of Iceland is Old Norse poetry, which is divided into the anonymous Eddic poetry,[8] and the Skaldic poetry attributed to a series of skalds, who were court poets who lived in the Viking Age and Middle Ages.[9][10] The modern Icelandic language is sufficiently similar to the Old Norse language for speakers of modern Icelandic to be able to understand Old Norse texts.[11] Later Icelandic poetry includes the Passion Hymns by Hallgrímur Pétursson, a collection of Christian religious poetry published in 1666.[12] Modern poets include Einar Benediktsson, a neo-Romantic poet who was an important figure in Iceland's nationalistic literary revival during the 19th century,[13] and 20th-century poets such as Tómas Guðmundsson and Davíð Stefánsson.

Halldór Laxness is the only Icelander to have been awarded the Nobel Prize.[14] Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955, he is recognized as one of Iceland's greatest literary figures. He wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels.[15] Icelandic authors have won the Nordic Council's Literature Prize nine times.[16]

In the modern period many Icelandic authors have been successful writing in languages other than Icelandic. Others have their work translated into other languages and are known internationally. The Detective Erlendur series by crime fiction author Arnaldur Indriðason is translated into at least 24 languages, including English.[17]

Following is a list of notable Icelandic writers.[a] This list includes authors of Icelandic literature, as well as writers in other literary disciplines; such as authors of fiction and non-fiction works, poets and skalds, playwrights, screenwriters, songwriters and composers, scholars, scribes, journalists,[b] translators, and editors of newspapers and magazines. All the people listed here are or were Icelandic citizens, or writers with a strong connection to Iceland, for example by writing in the Icelandic language.[c] People listed are from a wide range of time periods, ranging from the early Viking-age chroniclers, to modern day novelists. To help sort the writers by period, they are sorted according to the time period they lived. Although many more precise periods can be used, this list uses Contemporary for living writers, Modern for writers since the 16th century, and Medieval for the period from the 5th to the 15th century. In keeping with Icelandic naming conventions, the list is alphabetical by given name, as that is how Icelandic names are sorted.

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Arngrímur Jónsson the Learned, an Icelandic scholar who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries[18]
Given names beginning with "A"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Andri Snær Magnason   Contemporary 1973 Living Children's book author The Story of the Blue Planet [19][20]
Anna Mjöll Ólafsdóttir   Contemporary 1970 Living Jazz songwriter Sjúbídú [21][22]
Anna Svanhildur Björnsdóttir   Contemporary 1948 Living Poet Örugglega ég [23][24][25]
Ari Jósefsson   Modern 1939 1964 Poet Nei [26][27]
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson   Contemporary 1948 Living Non-fiction author Vegalínur [28][29]
Ari Þorgilsson   Medieval 1067 1148 Medieval chronicler Íslendingabók [30][31]
Arnaldur Indriðason   Contemporary 1961 Living Crime fiction author Detective Erlendur series [32][33][34]
Arndís Þórarinsdóttir   Contemporary 1982 Living Children's books author [35]
Arngrímr Brandsson   Medieval 1325 1361 14th century author Guðmundar saga D [36]
Arngrímur Jónsson   Medieval 1568 1648 16th century scholar Brevis commentarius de Islandia [37][38]
Arnórr Jarlaskáld   Medieval 1012 1070 Skald [39][40]
Arnthor Birgisson   Contemporary 1976 Living Dance music songwriter
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir   Contemporary 1958 Living Novelist Butterflies in November [41][42]
Auður Jónsdóttir   Contemporary 1973 Living Novelist Secretaries to the Spirits [43]
Auður Laxness   Modern 1918 2012 Wife of Halldór Laxness Melkorka [44]

ÁEdit

Given names beginning with "Á"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir   Contemporary 1938 Living Novelist Þel [45][46]
Ágústína Jónsdóttir   Contemporary 1949 Living Poet Að baki mánans [47][48]
Árni Bergmann   Contemporary 1935 Living Novelist Thorvald the Widely-Travelled [49]
Árni Böðvarsson   Modern 1924 1992 Dictionary editor [50][51]
Árni Lárentíusson   Medieval 1304 1337 Medieval prose writer Dunstanus saga
Árni Þórarinsson   Contemporary 1950 Living Crime writer and journalist [52]
Áslaug Jónsdóttir   Contemporary 1963 Living Children's book author Skrímsli í vanda [53]

BEdit

Given names beginning with "B"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Baldur Ragnarsson   Contemporary 1930 Living Poet [54]
Barði Jóhannsson   Contemporary 1975 Living Music writer
Bergljót Arnalds   Contemporary 1968 Living Children's book author [55]
Bergr Sokkason   Medieval 1316 1350 14th century scholar Micheals Saga [56]
Bergþóra Árnadóttir   Modern 1948 2007 Folk songwriter [57]
Bersi Skáldtorfuson   Medieval 980 1030 11th century skald [58]
Birgir Sigurðsson   Contemporary 1937 Living Drama writer
Birgitta Jónsdóttir   Contemporary 1967 Living Poet [59][60]
Bjarki Karlsson   Contemporary 1965 Living Poet Árleysi alda [61][62]
Bjarni Bjarnason   Contemporary 1965 Living Novelist Endurkoma Maríu
Bjarni Harðarson   Contemporary 1961 Living Novelist [63][64]
Bjarni Thorarensen   Modern 1786 1841 Poet [65][66]
Björgvin Franz Gíslason   Contemporary 1977 Living Children's book author [67]
Björk Guðmundsdóttir   Contemporary 1965 Living Songwriter [68]
Björn Th. Björnsson   Modern 1922 2007 Novelist [69][70]
Böðvar Guðmundsson   Contemporary 1939 Living Novelist [71]
Bogi Ágústsson   Contemporary 1952 Living Journalist [72]
Bragi Boddason   Medieval 800 850 9th century poet
Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir   Contemporary 1982 Living Children's book author [73]
Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir   Contemporary 1970 Living Children's book author
Brynjar Leifsson   Contemporary 1990 Living Songwriter
Brynjólfur Pétursson   Modern 1810 1851 Magazine editor Fjölnismenn [74][75]

DEdit

Given names beginning with "D"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Davíð Oddsson   Contemporary 1948 Living Newspaper editor Editor of Morgunblaðið [76][77]
Davíð Stefánsson   Modern 1895 1964 Poet [78][79]
Drífa Viðar   Modern 1920 1971 Novelist Fjalldalslilja [80][81][82]

EEdit

Given names beginning with "E"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Eggert Ólafsson   Modern 1726 1768 Poet Reise igiennem Island [83]
Egill Helgason   Contemporary 1959 Living Journalist [84]
Egill Skallagrímsson   Medieval 904 995 Viking-Age poet Höfuðlausn [85]
Eilífr Goðrúnarson   Medieval Unknown 10th-century skald Þórsdrápa [86]
Eilífr kúlnasveinn   Medieval Unknown 12th or 13th century skald [87]
Einar Benediktsson   Modern 1864 1940 Poet [88]
Einar Bragi   Modern 1921 2005 Poet [89]
Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran   Modern 1859 1938 Newspaper editor, et al [90]
Einar Kárason   Contemporary 1955 Living Novelist [91][92]
Einar Már Guðmundson   Contemporary 1954 Living Novelist [93]
Einar Ragnarsson Kvaran   Modern 1920 2012 Genealogist [94]
Einarr Gilsson   Medieval Unknown 14th century poet [95]
Einarr Hafliðason   Medieval 1307 1393 14th century chronicler [96]
Einarr Helgason   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald [97][98]
Einarr Skúlason   Medieval 1100 1159 12th century skald [99]
Eiríkur Bergmann   Contemporary 1969 Living Scholarly author & novelist Samsærið [100][101]
Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl   Contemporary 1978 Living Poet llska [102]
Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson   Contemporary 1955 Living Scholarly author [103]
Elín Briem   Modern 1856 1937 Cookbook author [104]
Elín Ebba Gunnarsdóttir   Contemporary 1953 Living Short fiction author [105]
Elísabet Jökulsdóttir   Contemporary 1958 Living Journalist and poet [106]
Elsa G. Vilmundardóttir   Modern 1932 2008 Non-fiction author [107]
Emil Thoroddsen   Modern 1898 1944 Songwriter [108]
Erla Stefánsdóttir   Contemporary 1935 2015 Seer [109]
Ernir Kristján Snorrason   Modern 1944 2012 Novelist [110]
Eyjólfr Dáðaskáld   Medieval Unknown Skald [111]
Eysteinn Ásgrímsson   Medieval 1310 1360 Poet [112]
Eysteinn Björnsson   Contemporary 1942 Living Author [113]
Eysteinn Valdason   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald [114]
Eyvindur P. Eiríksson   Contemporary 1935 Living Poet [115]

FEdit

Given names beginning with "F"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Finnur Jónsson   Modern 1858 1934 Scholar Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiæ [116]
Finnur Magnússon   Modern 1781 1847 Scholarly author
Fríða Á. Sigurðardóttir   Modern 1940 2010 Novelist [117][118][119]

GEdit

 
Poet and children's author Gerður Kristný
Given names beginning with "G"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Gamli Gnævaðarskáld   Medieval Unknown Skald
Gerður Kristný   Contemporary 1970 Living Poet
Gísli Örn Garðarsson   Contemporary 1973 Living Screenwriter
Gísli Rúnar Jónsson   Contemporary 1953 Living Screenwriter
Glúmr Geirason   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Gottskálk grimmi Nikulásson   Medieval 1469 1520 Author of Rauðskinna
Grímur Hákonarson   Contemporary 1977 Living Screenwriter
Grímur Thomsen   Modern 1820 1896 Poet
Guðbergur Bergsson   Contemporary 1932 Living Author
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson   Contemporary 1957 Living Novelist
Guðmundur G. Hagalín   Modern 1898 1985 Short story author
Guðmundur Kamban   Modern 1888 1945 Novelist
Guðmundur Steingrímsson   Contemporary 1972 Living [citation needed]
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson   Contemporary 1968 Living Non-fiction writer
Guðný Halldórsdóttir   Contemporary 1954 Living Screenwriter
Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir   Contemporary 1976 Living Novelist
Guðrún frá Lundi   Modern 1887 1975 Novelist
Guðrún Helgadóttir   Contemporary 1935 Living Children's book author
Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir   Contemporary 1939 Living Author
Guðrún Lárusdóttir   Modern 1880 1938 Writer
Gunnar Gunnarsson   Modern 1889 1975 Novelist
Gunnlaugr Leifsson   Medieval 1190 1218 Poet
Gunnlaugr Ormstunga   Medieval 983 1008 Poet
Gyrðir Elíasson   Contemporary 1961 Living Poet

HEdit

Given names beginning with "H"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Halla Gunnarsdóttir   Contemporary 1981 Living Journalist
Hallar-Steinn   Medieval Unknown 13th century poet
Halldór Guðmundsson   Contemporary 1956 Living Biographer
Halldór Laxness   Modern 1902 1998 Iceland's Nobel laureate
Halldóra K. Thoroddsen   Contemporary 1950 2020 Novelist
Halldórr skvaldri   Medieval Unknown Skald
Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld   Medieval 965 1007 Skald
Hallgerður Gísladóttir   Modern 1952 2007 Poet
Hallgrímur Helgason   Contemporary 1959 Living Novelist
Hallgrímur Pétursson   Modern 1614 1674 Poet
Hannes Hafstein   Modern 1861 1922 Poet
Hannes Pétursson   Contemporary 1931 Living Poet
Hannes Sigfússon   Modern 1922 1997 Poet
Haukr Erlendsson   Modern 1265 1334 Scholar [120]
Helgi Pjeturss   Modern 1872 1949 Scientific writer
Hera Hjartardóttir   Contemporary 1983 Living Songwriter
Hermann Pálsson   Modern 1921 2002 Scholar
Hermann Stefánsson   Contemporary 1968 Living Author
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson   Modern 1958 Living Music writer
Hitesh Ceon   Contemporary 1974 Living Songwriter
Hjálmar Jónsson   Modern 1796 1875 Poet
Hrafnhildur Hagalín   Contemporary 1965 Living Playwright
Hulda   Modern 1881 1946 Poet

IEdit

Given names beginning with "I"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir   Contemporary 1978 Living Screenwriter Ástríður [121]
Indriði G. Þorsteinsson   Modern 1926 2000 Novelist 79 af stöðinni [122]
Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir   Modern 1942 2016 Poet Kona [123][124][125][126]
Ingólfur Margeirsson   Modern 1948 2011 Newspaper editor Lífsjátning [127][128]

ÍEdit

Given names beginning with "Í"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Íeda Herman   Contemporary 1925 2019 Author Viking Kids Don't Cry [129]
Ísak Harðarson   Contemporary 1956 Living Poet [130]

JEdit

 
Playwright and poet Jóhann Sigurjónsson
Given names beginning with "J"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Jakobína Sigurðardóttir   Modern 1918 1994 Modernist writer
Jófríður Ákadóttir   Contemporary 1994 Living Songwriter
Jóhann Gunnar Sigurðsson   Modern 1882 1906 Poet
Jóhann Sigurjónsson   Modern 1880 1919 Poet
Jóhannes úr Kötlum   Modern 1899 1972 Poet
Jón Árnason   Modern 1819 1888 Folklorist
Jón Atli Jónasson   Contemporary 1972 Living Playwright
Jón Helgason   Modern 1899 1986 Poet
Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson   Modern 1927 2010 Folklorist
Jón Kalman Stefánsson   Contemporary 1963 Living Novelist
Jón lærði Guðmundsson   Modern 1574 1651 Sorcerer and poet
Jón Leifs   Modern 1899 1968 Music writer
Jón Magnússon   Modern 1610 1696 Author of the Píslarsaga
Jón Oddsson Hjaltalín   Modern 1749 1835 Religious writer
Jón Ólafsson   Modern 1850 1916 Journalist
Jón Ólafsson[d]   Modern 1594 1679 Explorer and autobiographer
Jón Örn Loðmfjörð   Contemporary 1983 Living Experimental poet
Jón Óskar   Modern 1921 1998 Poet
Jón Sveinsson   Modern 1857 1944 Children's book writer
Jón Thoroddsen elder   Modern 1818 1868 Poet and novelist
Jón Thoroddsen junior   Modern 1898 1924 Author
Jón Trausti Sigurðarson   Contemporary 1928 Living Newspaper editor
Jón úr Vör   Modern 1917 2000 Poet
Jónas Hallgrímsson   Modern 1807 1845 Magazine editor
Jónas Kristjánsson   Modern 1924 2014 Novelist
Jónína Leósdóttir   Contemporary 1954 Living Author
Jórunn skáldmær   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald

KEdit

Given names beginning with "K"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Karl Jónsson   Medieval 1135 1213 Poet
Kolbeinn Tumason   Medieval 1173 1207 Poet
Konráð Gíslason   Modern 1808 1891 Grammarian
Kormákr Ögmundarson   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Kristín Eiríksdóttir   Contemporary 1981 Living Poet [131]
Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir   Contemporary 1963 Living Children's book writer
Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir   Contemporary 1949 Living Novelist
Kristín Ómarsdóttir   Contemporary 1962 Living Author
Kristín Steinsdóttir   Contemporary 1946 Living Children's book writer
Kristinn Ármannsson   Modern 1895 1966 Author of Latin Grammar
Kristinn Hrafnsson   Contemporary 1962 Living Investigative journalist
Kristján B. Jónasson   Contemporary 1967 Living Biographer
Kristján Karlsson   Modern 1922 2014 Poet
Kristjan Niels Julius   Modern 1860 1936 Poet
Kristmann Guðmundsson   Modern 1901 1983 Novelist

LEdit

Given names beginning with "L"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Lilja Sigurðardóttir   Contemporary 1972 Living Crime fiction writer Snare [132]
Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir   Contemporary 1958 Living Poet [133]

MEdit

Given names beginning with "M"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Magnús Eiríksson   Modern 1806 1881 Theologian [134]
Magnús Jónsson   Modern 1530 1591 Poet
Magnús Jónsson í Tjaldanesi   Modern 1835 1922 Scribe [135][136]
Magnús Kjartansson   Modern 1919 1981 Newspaper editor [137]
Magnus Magnusson   Modern 1929 2007 Journalist [138][139][140]
Magnús Þór Jónsson   Contemporary 1945 Living Songwriter
María Lilja Þrastardóttir   Contemporary 1986 Living Author
Marta María Stephensen   Modern 1770 1805 Pioneering author
Matthías Jochumsson   Modern 1835 1920 Author of Lofsöngur
Mikael Torfason   Contemporary 1974 Living Novelist Syndafallið [141][142]

NEdit

Given names beginning with "N"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir   Contemporary 1989 Living Songwriter [citation needed]
Nína Björk Árnadóttir   Modern 1941 2000 Novelist [143][144]

OEdit

Given names beginning with "O"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Oddný Eir   Contemporary 1972 Living Autobiographer [145]
Oddr Snorrason   Medieval Unknown Medieval chronicler The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason [146][147][148]
Olvir Hnufa   Medieval Unknown Skald [149]

ÓEdit

Given names beginning with "Ó"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Ófeigur Sigurðsson   Contemporary 1975 Living Poet [150]
Óláfr Leggsson   Medieval Unknown 13th century skald
Óláfr Þórðarson   Medieval 1210 1259 Skald [151]
Ólafur Egilsson   Modern 1564 1639 Autobiographer Reisubók séra Ólafs Egilssonar [152]
Ólafur Gunnarsson   Contemporary 1948 Living Author [153]
Ólafur Haukur Símonarson   Contemporary 1947 Living Playwright [154][155][156]
Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson   Contemporary 1962 Living Novelist [157]
Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson   Contemporary 1918 1988 Novelist [158]
Ólafur Jóhannesson   Contemporary 1975 Living Screenwriter [159]
Ólína Þorvarðardóttir   Contemporary 1958 Living Scholar [160][161]
Óskar Halldórsson   Modern 1921 1983 Scholar [162]
Óskar Jónasson   Contemporary 1963 Living Screenwriter [163]
Óttar M. Norðfjörð   Contemporary 1980 Living Crime fiction writer [164]
Óttarr svarti   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [165]

ÖEdit

Given names beginning with "Ö"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Örn Árnason   Contemporary 1959 Living Screenwriter [166]
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason   Contemporary 1977 Living Poet [167]

PEdit

Given names beginning with "P"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Páll Ólafsson   Modern 1827 1905 Poet [168]
Paul Oscar   Contemporary 1970 Living Songwriter Minn hinsti dans [169]
Pétur Gunnarsson   Contemporary 1947 Living Author [170]
Pétur Þorsteinsson   Contemporary 1955 Living Dictionary editor Pétrísk-Íslensk Orðabók [171]

REdit

Given names beginning with "R"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Ragna Sigurðardóttir   Contemporary 1962 Living Author Borg (City) [172]
Ragnar Jónasson   Contemporary 1976 Living Crime writer Dark Iceland series [173][174]
Ragnar Þórhallsson   Contemporary 1987 Living Songwriter [citation needed]
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir   Contemporary 1953 Living Children's author [175]
Róbert Ingi Douglas   Contemporary 1973 Living Screenwriter
Rósa Guðmundsdóttir   Modern 1795 1855 Poet [176][177]
Rúnar Rúnarsson   Contemporary 1977 Living Screenwriter [178]

SEdit

Given names beginning with "S"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Sæmundr fróði   Medieval 1056 1133 11th century scholar
Sigfús Daðason   Modern 1928 1996 Poet
Sighvatr Sturluson   Medieval 1170 1238 Poet
Sigrún Davíðsdóttir   Contemporary 1955 Living Journalist
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir   Contemporary 1958 Living Author
Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir   Contemporary 1973 Living Poet
Sigurður Breiðfjörð   Modern 1798 1846 Poet
Sigurður Nordal   Modern 1886 1974 Scholar
Sigurður Pálsson   Modern 1948 2017 Poet
Sigurður Sigurjónsson   Contemporary 1955 Living Screenwriter
Sigurlaug Gísladóttir   Contemporary 1984 Living Songwriter
Sigurlaugur Elíasson   Contemporary 1957 Living Poet
Sigvatr Þórðarson   Medieval 995 1045 Skald
Sindri Freysson   Contemporary 1970 Living Novelist
Sindri Sindrason   Contemporary Unknown Journalist
Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson   Contemporary 1962 Living Poet
Skapti Þóroddsson   Medieval ? 1030 Skald
Skúli Þórsteinsson   Medieval Unknown Poet
Snorri Hergill Kristjánsson   Contemporary 1974 Living Author
Snorri Hjartarson   Modern 1906 1986 Poet
Snorri Sturluson   Medieval 1179 1241 Poet
Sóley Stefánsdóttir   Contemporary 1986 Living Songwriter
Sólveig Anspach   Modern 1960 2015 Screenwriter
Sölvi Fannar   Contemporary 1971 Living
Stefán Einarsson   Modern 1897 1972 Literary historian
Stefán frá Hvítadal   Modern 1887 1933 Poet
Stefán Hörður Grímsson   Modern 1919 2002 Poet
Stefán Jón Hafstein   Contemporary 1955 Living Author
Stefán Sigurðsson   Modern 1887 1933 Poet
Steinar Bragi   Contemporary 1975 Living Author
Steingrímur Thorsteinsson   Modern 1831 1913 Translator
Steinn Steinarr   Modern 1908 1958 Poet
Steinunn Finnsdóttir   Modern 1640 1710 Poet
Steinunn Refsdóttir   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir   Contemporary 1950 Living Novelist
Steinvör Sighvatsdóttir   Medieval 1210 1271 Poet
Stefán Guðmundur Guðmundsson   Modern 1853 1927 Poet
Sturla Þórðarson   Medieval 1214 1284 Skald
Svala Björgvinsdóttir   Contemporary 1977 Living Songwriter
Svava Jakobsdóttir   Modern 1930 2004 Author
Svavar Knútur Kristinsson   Medieval Unknown Songwriter
Sveinbjörn Egilsson   Modern 1791 1852 Theologian

TEdit

 
Icelandic historian Thormodus Torfæus
Given names beginning with "T"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Thor Vilhjálmsson   Modern 1925 2011 Writer
Thorarinn Leifsson   Contemporary 1966 Living Author
Thordis Elva   Contemporary 1980 Living Autobiographer
Thormodus Torfæus   Modern 1636 1719 Historian
Tindr Hallkelsson   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Tómas Guðmundsson   Modern 1901 1983 Poet
Tómas Sæmundsson   Modern 1807 1841 Fjölnismenn
Tony Jonsson   Modern 1921 2001 Autobiographer
Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir   Modern 1845 1918 Iceland's first woman novelist
Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson   Contemporary 1987 Living Playwright

ÞEdit

Given names beginning with "Þ"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Þjóðólfr Arnórsson   Medieval 1010 1066 11th century skald [179]
Þór Whitehead   Contemporary 1943 Living Historian [180]
Þórarinn Eldjárn   Contemporary 1949 Living Author [181]
Þórarinn loftunga   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [182]
Þórarinn Skeggjason   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [183]
Þórbergur Þórðarson   Modern 1889 1974 Author [184][185]
Þorbjörn dísarskáld   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [186][187]
Þórdís Gísladóttir   Contemporary 1965 Living Children's book author [188][189]
Þórðr Kolbeinsson   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [190]
Þórðr Sjáreksson   Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [191]
Þórður Helgason   Contemporary 1947 Living Author [192]
Þorgils gjallandi   Modern 1851 1915 Author [193]
Þorgrímur Þráinsson   Contemporary 1959 Living Writer [194][195]
Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir   Contemporary 1987 Living Journalist [196]
Þórir Jökull Steinfinnsson   Medieval ? 1238 Skald
Þorleifr jarlsskáld   Medieval Unknown Skald
Þorleifur Repp   Modern 1794 1857 Newspaper editor
Þorsteinn Erlingsson   Modern 1858 1914 Poet
Þorsteinn frá Hamri   Modern 1938 2018 Poet
Þorsteinn Gylfason   Modern 1942 2005 Philosopher
Þórunn Elfa Magnúsdóttir   Modern 1910 1995 Novelist
Þórunn Erna Clausen   Contemporary 1975 Living Songwriter
Þórvaldr Hjaltason   Medieval Unknown Skald
Þorvaldr veili   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Þráinn Bertelsson   Contemporary 1944 Living Author

UEdit

Given names beginning with "U"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Úlfr Uggason   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald Húsdrápa [197]
Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson   Contemporary Unknown Songwriter Color Decay [198]

VEdit

Given names beginning with "V"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir   Contemporary 1989 Living Author [199]
Vetrliði Sumarliðason   Medieval Unknown 10th century skald [200]
Vigdís Grímsdóttir   Contemporary 1953 Living Poet [201][202]
Vigfúss Víga-Glúmsson   Medieval Unknown Skald [203]
Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson   Contemporary 1955 Living Crime fiction writer Afturelding [204]
Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir   Contemporary 1930 Living Poet [205]
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir   Contemporary 1965 Living Novelist [206]
Vilmundur Gylfason   Modern 1948 1983 Poet [207]
Völu-Steinn   Medieval Unknown Skald

YEdit

Given names beginning with "Y"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir   Contemporary 1963 Living Crime fiction writer Biobörn [208]
Yvonne K. Fulbright   Contemporary ? Living Sexologist [209]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ One in ten Icelanders is a published author, therefore to qualify for inclusion in the list, they must have an existing Wikipedia article as evidence of notability.
  2. ^ Journalists should be known to write their own news articles to count as a writer.
  3. ^ Writing in Icelandic is not on its own evidence of being Icelandic. Conversely, many Icelandic writers are known for their works in other languages.
  4. ^ The traveller

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Halldór Laxness – Biographical". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ Nelson, Dean (17 November 2015). "In Iceland, a Literary Tour Explores Rich History". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Spotlight: Old Norse brings us back to our Viking roots – News and events, The University of York". www.york.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
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