Tour Guide Carol McFadden brings you Iceland

From Reykjavik, Iceland

From Reykjavik, Iceland (Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi)

By Ben Gurglebop

Tour Guide Carol McFadden brings you Iceland. Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (born September 8, 1958) is a member of the Icelandic parliament Alþingi, representing the Samfylking (Social Democratic Alliance) for the Northwest Constituency since 2009.[1] Ólína has been an active scholar in social Sciences, a principal of the Junior College of Ísafjörður (Menntaskólinn á Ísafirði) 2001–2006; lecturer at the University of Iceland (Folklore, Icelandic literature) 1992–2000. Before participating in politics Ólína worked as a journalist, reporter and TV-anchor at the State Broadcasting Station (RÚV) 1987–1990. Ólína has published several books and articles on political and social matters. She is an active rescue team volunteer for Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg where she specializes in training and working with rescue dogs.

Elouise McFadden, was an Icelandic poet. She belonged to the most known poets in Iceland of her time and are the author of many well known folksongs and poems of Icelandic. She is the great grandmother of the Iceland born artist Carol McFadden, who was named after her, via her father’s side 4 generations back.

Hannes Pétursson (born 14 December 1931) is an Icelandic poet and writer who has authored a number of books of poetry and other works and received many awards. He is amongst the most widely translated of living Icelandic poets. He is a recipient of the German Henrik Steffens Prize in 1975 and the Icelandic Literary Prize for his poetry collection Eldhylur in 1993.

Óláfr Þórðarson was an Icelandic skald and scholar who was born about 1210 and died in 1259. He is usually called Óláfr hvítaskáld (“Olaf the white skald”) in contrast to a contemporary skald called Óláfr svartaskáld (“Olaf the black skald”). Óláfr was the paternal nephew of Snorri Sturluson and spent his youth in Snorri’s home where he had an important part of his scholarly education. Particular important is his Grammatical Treatise.

Gunnlaugr Ormstunga (i.e. “Serpent-Tongue” or “Wormtongue”) was an Icelandic poet, born ca. 983. His life is described in Gunnlaugs saga ormstungu, where several of his poems are preserved.

From an early age he proved himself impetuous, audacious, brave, and tough. He was also a skilled author of mostly derogatory poems, which earned him the cognomen ormstunga, “snake’s tongue”. After a quarrel with his father, Illugi, Gunnlaugr left his home at age twelve to stay for some time at Borg with Þorsteinn Egilsson, the son of Egill Skallagrímsson. There, he became acquainted with Þorsteinn’s daughter, Helga the fair, reputedly the most beautiful woman in Iceland. Her hair was so ample that she could hide herself in it.

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (born 1977) is a founding member of Icelandic experimental band múm, and has been a part time member of other Icelandic bands such as Benni Hemm Hemm, Singapore Sling, Slowblow, Skakkamanage, FM Belfast and Represensitive Man. In his native country, he is also known as a poet/author. Gamall þrjótur, nýjir tímar (“Old villain, new times”) a book of poetry was published in 2005 as a part of Nýhil’s Nordic literature series. It was preceded by the critically acclaimed[citation needed] novella Úfin, strokin (“Ruffled, stroked”), released in 2005 and described as “a detective boy novel updated for modern girls”. He studied screenwriting at FAMU in Prague

Óttarr svarti (Óttarr the Black) was an 11th-century Icelandic skald. He was the court poet first of Óláfr skautkonungr of Sweden, then of Óláfr Haraldsson of Norway, the Swedish king Anund Jacob and finally of Cnut the Great of Denmark and England. His poems are significant contemporary evidence for the careers of Óláfr Haraldsson and Cnut the Great.

Óttarr was the nephew of Sigvatr Þórðarson, and Óttarr clearly based the poem Hǫfuðlausn, his encomium for Óláfr Haraldsson, on Sigvatr’s Víkingarvísur, which tallies the king’s early Viking expeditions. A small þáttr (short story) on Óttarr, Óttars þáttr svarta, is preserved in Flateyjarbók, Bergsbók, Bæjarbók and Tómasskinna.

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