A new publication from Museum Tusculanum Press is out, Snorri Sturluson and Reykholt, The Author and Magnate, his Life, Works and Environment at Reykholt in Iceland.
Editors: Guðrún Sveinbjarnardóttir and Helgi Þorláksson.
Introduction from the publisher:
Reykholt in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, is probably best known for its thirteenth-century occupant, the magnate Snorri Sturluson - historian, scholar and much acclaimed author of Heimskringla and Edda. Reykholt was an important site before Snorri´s arrival there in the early thirteenth century since it already served as the seat of chieftains and was an important religious and political centre. Its high status may have been the reason why Snorri was keen to aquire it and make it his home.
The collection of essays in this volume throws new light on Snorri, the place in which he chose to reside and how his presence enhanced Reykholt´s political and cultural importance. While the more general objective is to offer interdisciplinary methods to provide a better understanding of the process of centralization of power during the Commonwealth period in Iceland (930‒1262), the creation of political and ecclesiastical centres and how this relates to land-use, settlement development and the creation of literature, the main focus of the investigation throughout is on Reykholt at the time of Snorri.
Three of the institute´s researchers are amongst those who contributed an article to the book.
The title of Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson´s contributon is "The Deed of the Church of Reykholt.“
The title of Gísli Sigurðsson´s contribution is "Snorri Sturluson and the Best of Both Worlds.“
The title of Guðrún Nordal´s (co-authored with Jon Gunnar Jørgensen) is "The Literary Legacy of Snorri Sturluson.“