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"Betra er ao gjora ser hjalpvaenlegar en hryggvar innbyrlingar": The Private Correspondance Between Jon Olafsson from Grunnavik (1705-1779) and Eggert Olafsson (1726-1768) during the Years 1760-68
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2013 (English)In: Gripla, ISSN 1018-5011, Vol. 24, 121-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an edition of the private correspondence between Jon Olafsson from Grunnavik (1705-1779) and Eggert Olafsson (1726-1768), complete with commentary and a short introduction. Jon's letters are preserved in manuscript, notably in AM 996 4to, whose text is published here for the first time; Eggert's letters were first printed in the journal Andvari in 1874. Jon Olafsson is now best known as Ami Magnusson's scribe in Copenhagen, famously parodied in Halldor Laxness's novel Iceland's Bell as the gauche and comic Jon Grindvicensis; Eggert, on the other hand, has long been recognized as an accomplished poet and a pioneering figure in the Icelandic Enlightenment. In fact, the two men were good friends and had much in common. Both were interested in poetry, Icelandic studies, natural science and the future of their native land. In the letters they discuss their lot in life, their interests and hopes, and also the latest news from home and abroad. We learn of Jon's unequivocal wish that Eggert succeed him as a leading figure in Icelandic studies. Both men had every reason to assume that Eggert had a long life ahead of him, but, in the event, Jon's last letter to his friend may well have gone unread, for Eggert drowned in Breioafjorour just a few days later.

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2013. Vol. 24, 121-171 p.
Keyword [en]
Jon Olafsson from Grunnavik, Eggert Olafsson, private letters, history, Icelandic studies, poetry, the eighteenth century
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235215ISI: 000341544900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-235215DiVA: diva2:759704
Available from: 2014-10-30 Created: 2014-10-29 Last updated: 2014-10-30Bibliographically approved

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