Pétursson, Hallgrímur

Pétursson, Hallgrímur

▪ Icelandic poet
born 1614, Hólar, Iceland
died October 27, 1674, Ferstikla

      poet, one of the greatest religious poets of Iceland.

      Though he came from a “good” family, Pétursson lived an errant life; as a boy he ran away to Copenhagen and became a blacksmith's apprentice. Through the influence of Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson, he was later enrolled in the Danish Vor Frue Skole (“Our Lady's School”), where he received a Latin humanist education. In 1636 he was entrusted with the re-Christianizing of a party of Icelanders who had been held captive by Algerian pirates for nine years. Among them was a 38-year-old woman, Gudridur Símonardóttir, who bore a child by Pétursson and later married him. Returning to Iceland, Pétursson worked as a labourer and a fisherman but eventually became a parson at Saurbær (1651–69). He contracted leprosy and out of this misery produced his 50 Passiusálmar (1666; The Passion Hymns of Iceland), which rank among the best religious poetry of the world. In each hymn the poet merges his personal suffering with that of Jesus. The effect of the Passion Hymns in bolstering the morale of a desperate people was attested to by their immediate widespread popularity. First printed in 1666 and for the 68th time in 1996, they remain the most cherished devotional songs of the Icelanders. The Hallgrímskirkja, a memorial church built in the poet's honour at Reykjavík, is one of the largest and finest churches in Iceland.

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