Snorri Sturluson

Snorri Sturluson
Adapted from an illustration of Snorri Sturluson by Christian Krogh, for the 1899 edition of the Heimskringla. Public Domain

This profile of Snorri Sturluson is part of
Who's Who in Medieval History

 

Snorri Sturluson was also known as:

Snorre Sturlason, Sturleson, Sturlsson or Sturlson

Snorri Sturluson was noted for:

Writing the Heimskringla (History of the Kings of Norway). Snorri was also an Icelandic chieftan and an author of poetry as well as history. Although scholars debate the accuracy of his sagas, the Heimskringla remains one of the most important sources of Scandinavian history.

Occupations and Role in Society:

Leader
Poet & Historian

Places of Residence and Influence:

Scandinavia

Important Dates:

Born: c. 1179
Died: Sept. 22, 1241

About Snorri Sturluson:

Growing up in the household of the most influential chieftain in Iceland, Jón Loptsson, Snorri acquired an understanding of diplomacy and leadership and an extensive knowledge of Icelandic tradition. After marrying an heiress and increasing his power base, he settled in Reykjaholt to write most of his works, including the handbook on poetics, the Prose Edda.

In 1215 Snorri became "lawspeaker" (president) of the Icelandic high court, a position he held until 1218 and again from 1222 to 1232. In 1218 he visited Norway at King Haakon IV's invitation. Snorri developed a bond with Haakon, but later their friendship disintigrated, and the poet was assassinated by Haakon's order.

Snorri's nephew wrote an unflattering biography of his uncle, the Sturlunga saga, that is belied by the warmth and wisdom of Snorri's own literary endeavors.

 

More Snorri Sturluson Resources:

Snorri Sturluson on the Web
Image of Snorri Sturluson
Literature and Poetry
 

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