Born Oct. 31, 1864, in Ellidavatn; died Jan. 14, 1940, in Herdisarvik. Icelandic poet and journalist.
Benediktsson was educated as a jurist and served as a district judge. His literary activity began in 1897. In the poetry collections Waves (1913) and The Seas (1921), he praised technical progress. Later, he became less concerned with the country’s concrete problems. His poems are pervaded with the mood of pantheism (the collection Groves, 1930). In his sketches, Benediktsson advocated Iceland’s struggle for independence.
WORKSLjó∂dmaeli, vols. 1–3. Reykjavik, 1945.
Laust mal, vols. 1–2. Reykjavik, 1952.