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 Jónas Hallgrímsson

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Jónas Hallgrímsson

  • Birth 16 Nov 1807 Iceland
  • Death 26 May 1845 Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
  • Burial Reykjavik, Höfuðborgarsvæði, Iceland
  • Memorial ID 16631235

Poet, scientist. He was born on the farm "Hraun" in Northern Iceland. After high-school he entered the Copenhagen University to study law, natural science, and literature. While in Denmark he became an active advocate of Iceland's independence from Denmark, and together with other Icelandic students he founded the periodical "Fjölnir". He is generally acknowledged to be the most important and beloved Icelandic poet and is called The Bard of Iceland. In 1845 he fell down the staircase at his lodgings in Copenhagen and broke a leg, but it was several days before he agreed to be hospitalized. As a result of gangrene he died few hours before his leg was scheduled to be amputated. He was buried in Assistens Cemetery. In 1946 his remains were shipped home to Iceland for reburial in the church grounds at the Thingvellir national park. To celebrate his 200th birthday the period from November 16, 2006 to November 16, 2007 has been officially proclaimed "Jónas Year" in Iceland.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jónas Hallgrímsson (16 Nov 1807–26 May 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16631235, citing Þingvallakirkjajugardur, Reykjavik, Höfuðborgarsvæði, Iceland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .