Árni Magnússon

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Magnússon, Árni


(in Latin, Arnas Magnaeus). Born Nov. 13, 1663, in Kvennabrekka, Iceland; died Jan. 7, 1730, in Copenhagen. Icelandic scholar. Professor at the University of Copenhagen (1701).

From 1702 to 1712, Magnússon lived in Iceland, where he conducted a census of the Icelandic population (the first in northern Europe) and an inventory of all Icelandic households and land resources. The ancient Icelandic and ancient Norwegian manuscripts that Magnússon collected and later bequeathed to the University of Copenhagen constitute the famous Arnas Magnaeus Collection.

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The exhibition represents a collaboration between six institutions: the National Museum of Iceland, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Icelandic Museum of Natural History, along with the National Archives of Iceland, the National and University Library of Iceland, and the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies.
November 2013 marked the 350th anniversary of Arni Magnusson's birth, and this appealing and well-produced volume makes a timely tribute that indeed should do much to keep his endeavours and accomplishments in the minds of scholars who owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.
Back down on the ground, get a crash- course in Norse and Icelandic history at the National Museum followed by a visit to the Arni Magnusson Institute next door.
In order to examine this problem I have chosen stories told by the Icelandic-Canadian storyteller from New Iceland, Eddi (Edward) Gislason, preserved in the tape-collection of the Arni Magnusson Institute in Reykjavfk.
This is well demonstrated by the fact that when Eddi visited the Arni Magnusson Institute in Iceland two years later he invited Hallfreour to record highlights from his formidable repertoire.
Various recordings are to be found in the two volume work of Porsteinn Matthiasson, Islendingart Vesturheimi (1975-1977), which Porsteinn collected himself, donating his tapes to the Arni Magnusson Institute.
(7.) Numbers in brackets refer to page numbers in a typescript of the taped interviews, kept in the Arni Magnusson Institute in Reykjavik (cat.
Hjortur Marteinsson uses this material as background for his "historical novel," in which Arni Magnusson and his copyist, Jon Olafsson from Grunnevik in Iceland, are the two principal characters.
In the final chapter we find Jon, destined to be known to posterity as the author of an Old Icelandic dictionary and a biography of Arni Magnusson, buying a few of Moth's books at auction.
Doubtless he has taken such liberties with Arni Magnusson and Matthias Moth.
Driscoll of the Arnamagnaean Institute, Copenhagen, and Gudrun Nordal (the Arni Magnusson Institute, Reykjavik), to Judith Jesch (whose work has defined the study of runic inscriptions).