Beloved Icelandic Author Passed Away - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Beloved Icelandic Author Passed Away

Published March 2, 2011

Author Thor Vilhjálmsson has passed away. He was 85. Thor won many awards for his work, including the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 1988 for ‘Grámosinn Glóir’ (translated to English: ‘Justice Undone’) and the Icelandic Literature Prize in 1998 for ‘Morgunþula Í Stráum’.
For many years, Icelanders have seen Thor as an influential writer, poet and translator. Many considered him, along with Svava Jakobsdóttir and Guðbergur Bergsson, a leading modernist poet, a style that emerged in Iceland in the mid-1960s.
Thor was born in Edinburgh in 1925. He is survived by his wife, Margrét Indriðadóttir, former news director for RÚV, his sons Guðmundur Andri, a writer, and Örnólfur, a presidential secretary, and his grandchildren.

Watch an interview with him on Sagenhaftes Island.

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