List of Icelandic writers

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

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

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.

A

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

Á

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

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

B

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

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

D

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

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

E

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

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

F

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

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

G

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

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

H

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

Halla Gunnarsdóttir Female Contemporary 1981 Living Journalist
Hallar-Steinn Male Medieval Unknown 13th century poet
Halldór Guðmundsson Male Contemporary 1956 Living Biographer
Halldór Laxness Male Modern 1902 1998 Iceland's Nobel laureate
Halldóra K. Thoroddsen Male Contemporary 1950 Living Novelist
Halldórr skvaldri Male Medieval Unknown Skald
Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld Male Medieval 965 1007 Skald
Hallgerður Gísladóttir Female Modern 1952 2007 Poet
Hallgrímur Helgason Male Contemporary 1959 Living Novelist
Hallgrímur Pétursson Male Modern 1614 1674 Poet
Hannes Hafstein Male Modern 1861 1922 Poet
Hannes Pétursson Male Contemporary 1931 Living Poet
Hannes Sigfússon Male Modern 1922 1997 Poet
Haukr Erlendsson Male Modern 1265 1334 Scholar [120]
Helgi Pjeturss Female Modern 1872 1949 Scientific writer
Hera Hjartardóttir Female Contemporary 1983 Living Songwriter
Hermann Pálsson Male Modern 1921 2002 Scholar
Hermann Stefánsson Male Contemporary 1968 Living Author
Hilmar Grétarsson Male Contemporary 1982 Living Magazine editor
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson Male Modern 1958 Living Music writer
Hitesh Ceon Male Contemporary 1974 Living Songwriter
Hjálmar Jónsson Male Modern 1796 1875 Poet
Hrafnhildur Hagalín Male Contemporary 1965 Living Playwright
Hulda Female Modern 1881 1946 Poet

I

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

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

Í

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

Íeda Herman Male Contemporary 1918 Living Author Viking Kids Don't Cry [129]
Ísak Harðarson Male Contemporary 1956 Living Poet [130]

J

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

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

K

Children's writer Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
Given names beginning with "K"
Name Gender Period Born Died Genre/Type Notable work Citations

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

L

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

Lilja Sigurðardóttir Female Contemporary 1972 Living Crime fiction writer Snare [131]
Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir Female Contemporary 1958 Living Poet [132]

M

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

Magnús Eiríksson Male Modern 1806 1881 Theologian [133]
Magnús Jónsson Male Modern 1530 1591 Poet
Magnús Jónsson í Tjaldanesi Male Modern 1835 1922 Scribe [134][135]
Magnús Kjartansson Male Modern 1919 1981 Newspaper editor [136]
Magnus Magnusson Male Modern 1929 2007 Journalist [137][138][139]
Magnús Þór Jónsson Male Contemporary 1945 Living Songwriter
María Lilja Þrastardóttir Female Contemporary 1986 Living Author
Marta María Stephensen Male Modern 1770 1805 Pioneering author
Matthías Jochumsson Male Modern 1835 1920 Author of Lofsöngur
Mikael Torfason Male Contemporary 1974 Living Novelist Syndafallið [140][141]

N

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

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir Female Contemporary 1989 Living Songwriter [citation needed]
Nína Björk Árnadóttir Female Modern 1941 2000 Novelist [142][143]

O

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

Oddný Eir Female Contemporary 1972 Living Autobiographer [144]
Oddr Snorrason Male Medieval Unknown Medieval chronicler The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason [145][146][147]
Olvir Hnufa Male Medieval Unknown Skald [148]

Ó

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

Ófeigur Sigurðsson Male Contemporary 1975 Living Poet [149]
Óláfr Leggsson Male Medieval Unknown 13th century skald
Óláfr Þórðarson Male Medieval 1210 1259 Skald [150]
Ólafur Egilsson Male Modern 1564 1639 Autobiographer Reisubók séra Ólafs Egilssonar [151]
Ólafur Gunnarsson Male Contemporary 1948 Living Author [152]
Ólafur Haukur Símonarson Male Contemporary 1947 Living Playwright [153][154][155]
Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson Male Contemporary 1962 Living Novelist [156]
Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson Male Contemporary 1918 1988 Novelist [157]
Ólafur Jóhannesson Male Contemporary 1975 Living Screenwriter [158]
Ólína Þorvarðardóttir Female Contemporary 1958 Living Scholar [159][160]
Óskar Halldórsson Male Modern 1921 1983 Scholar [161]
Óskar Jónasson Male Contemporary 1963 Living Screenwriter [162]
Óttar M. Norðfjörð Male Contemporary 1980 Living Crime fiction writer [163]
Óttarr svarti Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [164]

Ö

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

Örn Árnason Male Contemporary 1959 Living Screenwriter [165]
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason Male Contemporary 1977 Living Poet [166]

P

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

Páll Ólafsson Male Modern 1827 1905 Poet [167]
Paul Oscar Male Contemporary 1970 Living Songwriter Minn hinsti dans [168]
Pétur Gunnarsson Male Contemporary 1947 Living Author [169]
Pétur Þorsteinsson Male Contemporary 1955 Living Dictionary editor Pétrísk-Íslensk Orðabók [170]

R

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

Ragna Sigurðardóttir Female Contemporary 1962 Living Author Borg (City) [171]
Ragnar Jónasson Male Contemporary 1976 Living Crime writer Dark Iceland series [172][173]
Ragnar Þórhallsson Male Contemporary 1987 Living Songwriter [citation needed]
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir Female Contemporary 1953 Living Children's author [174]
Róbert Ingi Douglas Male Contemporary 1973 Living Screenwriter
Rósa Guðmundsdóttir Female Modern 1795 1855 Poet [175][176]
Rúnar Rúnarsson Male Contemporary 1977 Living Screenwriter [177]

S

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

Sæmundr fróði Male Medieval 1056 1133 11th century scholar
Sigfús Daðason Male Modern 1928 1996 Poet
Sighvatr Sturluson Male Medieval 1170 1238 Poet
Sigrún Davíðsdóttir Female Contemporary 1955 Living Journalist
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir Female Contemporary 1958 Living Author
Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir Female Contemporary 1973 Living Poet
Sigurður Breiðfjörð Male Modern 1798 1846 Poet
Sigurður Nordal Male Modern 1886 1974 Scholar
Sigurður Pálsson Male Modern 1948 2017 Poet
Sigurður Sigurjónsson Male Contemporary 1955 Living Screenwriter
Sigurlaug Gísladóttir Female Contemporary 1984 Living Songwriter
Sigurlaugur Elíasson Male Contemporary 1957 Living Poet
Sigvatr Þórðarson Male Medieval 995 1045 Skald
Sindri Freysson Male Contemporary 1970 Living Novelist
Sindri Sindrason Male Contemporary Unknown Journalist
Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson Male Contemporary 1962 Living Poet
Skapti Þóroddsson Male Medieval ? 1030 Skald
Skúli Þórsteinsson Male Medieval Unknown Poet
Snorri Hergill Kristjánsson Male Contemporary 1974 Living Author
Snorri Hjartarson Male Modern 1906 1986 Poet
Snorri Sturluson Male Medieval 1179 1241 Poet
Sóley Stefánsdóttir Female Contemporary 1986 Living Songwriter
Sólveig Anspach Male Modern 1960 2015 Screenwriter
Sölvi Fannar Male Contemporary 1971 Living
Stefán Einarsson Male Modern 1897 1972 Literary historian
Stefán frá Hvítadal Male Modern 1887 1933 Poet
Stefán Hörður Grímsson Male Modern 1919 2002 Poet
Stefán Jón Hafstein Male Contemporary 1955 Living Author
Stefán Sigurðsson Male Modern 1887 1933 Poet
Steinar Bragi Male Contemporary 1975 Living Author
Steingrímur Thorsteinsson Male Modern 1831 1913 Translator
Steinn Steinarr Male Modern 1908 1958 Poet
Steinunn Finnsdóttir Female Modern 1640 1710 Poet
Steinunn Refsdóttir Female Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Steinunn Ásmundsdóttir Female Contemporary 1966 Living Poet Novelist
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir Female Contemporary 1950 Living Novelist
Steinvör Sighvatsdóttir Female Medieval 1210 1271 Poet
Stefán Guðmundur Guðmundsson Male Modern 1853 1927 Poet
Sturla Þórðarson Male Medieval 1214 1284 Skald
Svala Björgvinsdóttir Female Contemporary 1977 Living Songwriter
Svava Jakobsdóttir Female Modern 1930 2004 Author
Svavar Knútur Kristinsson Male Medieval Unknown Songwriter
Sveinbjörn Egilsson Male Modern 1791 1852 Theologian

T

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

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

Þ

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

Þjóðólfr Arnórsson Male Medieval 1010 1066 11th century skald [178]
Þór Whitehead Male Contemporary 1943 Living Historian [179]
Þórarinn Eldjárn Male Contemporary 1949 Living Author [180]
Þórarinn loftunga Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [181]
Þórarinn Skeggjason Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [182]
Þórbergur Þórðarson Male Modern 1889 1974 Author [183][184]
Þorbjörn dísarskáld Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [185][186]
Þórdís Gísladóttir Female Contemporary 1965 Living Children's book author [187][188]
Þórðr Kolbeinsson Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [189]
Þórðr Sjáreksson Male Medieval Unknown 11th century skald [190]
Þórður Helgason Male Contemporary 1947 Living Author [191]
Þorgils gjallandi Male Modern 1851 1915 Author [192]
Þorgrímur Þráinsson Male Contemporary 1959 Living Writer [193][194]
Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir Female Contemporary 1987 Living Journalist [195]
Þórir Jökull Steinfinnsson Male Medieval ? 1238 Skald
Þorleifr jarlsskáld Male Medieval Unknown Skald
Þorleifur Repp Male Modern 1794 1857 Newspaper editor
Þorsteinn Erlingsson Male Modern 1858 1914 Poet
Þorsteinn frá Hamri Male Modern 1938 2018 Poet
Þorsteinn Gylfason Male Modern 1942 2005 Philosopher
Þórunn Elfa Magnúsdóttir Female Modern 1910 1995 Novelist
Þórunn Erna Clausen Male Contemporary 1975 Living Songwriter
Þórvaldr Hjaltason Male Medieval Unknown Skald
Þorvaldr veili Male Medieval Unknown 10th century skald
Þráinn Bertelsson Male Contemporary 1944 Living Author

U

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

Úlfr Uggason Male Medieval Unknown 10th century skald Húsdrápa [196]
Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson Male Contemporary Unknown Songwriter Color Decay [197]

V

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

Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir Female Contemporary 1989 Living Author [198]
Vetrliði Sumarliðason Male Medieval Unknown 10th century skald [199]
Vigdís Grímsdóttir Female Contemporary 1953 Living Poet [200][201]
Vigfúss Víga-Glúmsson Male Medieval Unknown Skald [202]
Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson Male Contemporary 1955 Living Crime fiction writer Afturelding [203]
Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir Female Contemporary 1930 Living Poet [204]
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir Female Contemporary 1965 Living Novelist [205]
Vilmundur Gylfason Male Modern 1948 1983 Poet [206]
Völu-Steinn Male Medieval Unknown Skald

Y

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

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir Female Contemporary 1963 Living Crime fiction writer Biobörn [207]
Yvonne K. Fulbright Female Contemporary ? Living Sexologist [208]

See also

References

Footnotes

  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

Citations

  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.
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External links

  • Icelandic language Wikisource
  • The Writers' Union of Iceland official website
  • In Iceland, a Literary Tour Explores Rich History
  • Primary Documents
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