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.