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Centre in ReykjavÝk in ReykjavÝkurborg, H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­, Iceland — North Atlantic and Artic Oceans (a Nordic Island)
 

Theodˇra Thoroddsen

Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

 
 
Theˇdˇra Thoroddsen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Theˇdˇra Thoroddsen Marker
Inscription.   ═ ■essu h˙si, sem ß­ur stˇ­ vi­ VonarstrŠti 12, bjˇ Theodˇra Thoroddsen skßld (1863-1954) ßsamt fj÷lskyldu sinni. H˙n er ■ekktust fyrir ■ulur sÝnar og mß segja a­ me­ ■eim hafi h˙n broti­ sÚr lei­ ˙t ˙r f÷stu kve­skaparformi fyrri alda og ßtt ■annig ■ßtt Ý endurnřjun Ýslenskrar ljˇ­ager­ar ß tuttugustu ÷ld. ■ulurnar voru fyrst gefnar ˙t ß bˇk ßri­ 1916 me­ myndskreytingum Gu­mundar Thorsteinsson (Muggs), systursonar hennar. Margar sŠkja ■Šr efni sitt Ý ■jˇ­sagnahef­ina en Theodˇra orti ekki sÝst um st÷­u kvenna, enda var h˙n sjßlf ■rettßn barna mˇ­ir og hefur ßn efa ekki haft allan ■ann tÝma til skrifta sem h˙n ˇska­i sÚr.

äMitt var starfi­ hÚr Ý heim / heita og kolda daga / a­ skeina krakka og kemba ■eim / og keppast via a­ staga. / ╔g ■rˇ­i a­ leika lausu vi­ / sem lamb um grŠna haga."

This house, originally located in Vonarstraeti 12 by the Reykjavik City Lake, was the home of poet Theodora Thoroddsen (1863-1954). She is one of Iceland's best known poets of the so called "thula", a genre of long poems or enumerations that have their origin in the oral tradition of Icelandic and Nordic
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poetry. Theodora renewed this tradition and thus had a part in the recreation of Icelandic poetry in the twentieth century. Many of her poems take themes from Icelandic folklore and Theodora also wrote extensively about the reality of women, herself being a mother of thirteen.

"In this world it was my work / on days both hot and cold / to wipe kids' bums and comb their hair / and race to mend their clothes. / I yearned to leap and run free / like a lamb loosed from its fold."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen.
 
Location. 64° 8.83′ N, 21° 56.523′ W. Marker is in ReykjavÝk, Capital Region (H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­), in ReykjavÝkurborg. It is in Centre. Marker is at the intersection of KirkjustrŠti and Tjarnargata, on the right when traveling east on KirkjustrŠti. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: ReykjavÝk, Capital Region 101, Iceland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vik Church Altar (a few steps from this marker); The Settlement of ReykjavÝk (a few steps from this marker); A­alstrŠti 16 (within shouting distance of this marker); A­alstrŠti 12 - ═safold (within shouting distance of this marker); Grjˇgata 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ingibj÷rg H. Bjarnason
Theodˇra Thoroddsen Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Theodˇra Thoroddsen Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here on the corner of the house.
(within shouting distance of this marker); T˙ngata 6 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Adlon (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in ReykjavÝk.
 
Also see . . .  Theˇdˇra Thoroddsen (Wikipedia, in Icelandic). (Submitted on July 12, 2017.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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