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Hallgrimsson, Jonas.

Hallgrimsson, Jonas (b. Nov. 16, 1807, Hraun, Oxnadalur, Ice.--d. May 25, 1845, Copenhagen, Den.)

One of Iceland's most popular Romantic poets.

In 1835 Hallgrimsson helped to found the periodical Fjolnir (1835-47; "The Many-Sided"), in which he published much of his poetry and later his short stories, the first in Icelandic.

He is chiefly remembered for his lyrical poems describing Icelandic scenery. An admirer of the European Romantic poets, he adapted and translated much foreign poetry into Icelandic. He was critical of the rimur (narrative poems in the traditional, artificial form that had long been popular in Iceland), and he strove to purify the language of poetry.

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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