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Laufey Jakobsdóttir

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Laufey Jakobsdóttir Marker
Inscription. Laufey Jakobsdóttir eđa amman í Grjótaţorpinu

Í húsinu sem stendur viđ Grjótagötu 12 bjó Laufey Jakobsdóttir, eđa „amman í Grjótaţorpinu" á árunum 1976 til 1995. Laufey fćddist á Bóndastöđum í Borgarfirđi eystri ţann 25. september 1915. Eiginmađur Laufeyjar var Magnús B. Finnbogason húsa-smíđameistari, rithöfundur og hugvitsmađur, fćddur 21. júlí 1911, dáinn 2. febrúar áriđ 1993. Eignuđust ţau átta börn og eru afkomendur ţeirra fjölmargir. Laufey lét mikiđ til sín taka í félagsmálum, hún var einn af stofnendum Kvennalistans og bar hag og réttindi kvenna fyrir brjósti i öllu sem hún tók sér fyrir hendur. Hún var heiđursfélagi í Dýraverndunarfélagi Íslands, sinnti málefnum aldrađra, var áhugasöm um friđun gamalla húsa og virk í Torfusamtökunum um tíma. Laufey skrifađi margar greinar í dagblöđ og tímarit og einnig liggur eftir hana fjöldi ljóđa. Bókin Lífsbók Laufeyjar, samtalsbók um ćvi hennar, kom út 1992. Laufey barđist ávallt fyrir rétti lítilmagnans og er hún ţekkt fyrir störf sín í ţágu unglinganna í miđborg Reykjavíkur og ţekktu hana margir sem „ömmuna í Grjótaţorpinu" vegna ţess. Hún sá m.a. til ţess ađ almenningsklósett vćri opnađ í Grjótaţorpinu og vann ţar kauplaust langt fram á nćtur, til ţess ađ unglingarnir á Hallćrisplaninu hefđu í öruggt skjól ađ venda. Hún var sćmd riddarakrossi
Laufey Jakobsdóttir Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Laufey Jakobsdóttir Marker - Wide View
Hinnar islensku fálkaorđu 17. júní 1996. Laufey lést ţann 6. mars 2004.


Laufey Jakobsdóttir, "the grandmother of Grjótaţorp (Grjóti Village)"

Grjótagata 12 was the home of Laufey Jakobsdóttir, nicknamed "the grandmother of Grjótalţorp," from 1976 to 1995. Laufey was born on 25 September 1915 in Borgarfjörđur, east Iceland. Her husband was Magnús B. Finnbogason (1911-93), a master builder, writer and inventor. They had eight children and many descendants. Laufey was passionate about social issues: she was one of the found-ers of the feminist Women's Alliance, and placed priority on women's rights in all that she did. She was an honorary member of the animal protection association, an advocate for elderly care, and was interested in the preservation of historic buildings, an active member of the architectural conservation group Torfusamtökin. Laufey wrote many newspaper and magazine articles, as well as a large number of poems. A book based on interviews with her, Lífsbók Laufeyjar (The Book of Laufey's Life), was published in 1992. Laufey always fought for the rights of the disempowered, and she is renowned for her work with young people in the city centre, for which she became known as "the grandmother of Grjótaţorp." Among her achievements was the opening of a public toilet in Grjótaţorp, where she worked long hours into
Laufey Jakobsdóttir, 1979 - Closeup of Inset Photo image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
3. Laufey Jakobsdóttir, 1979 - Closeup of Inset Photo
the nights, unpaid, so that the youngsters would have a safe haven. On 17 June 1996 she was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. Laufey passed away 6 March 2004.
 
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Location. 64° 8.872′ N, 21° 56.627′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region Höfuđborgarsvćđi. Marker is on Grjótagata just west of Ađalstrćti, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grjótagata 12, Reykjavik, Capital Region Höfuđborgarsvćđi 101, Iceland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vaktarabćrinn (within shouting distance of this marker); Túngata 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Grjógata 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Adlon (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Settlement of Reykjavík (about 90 meters away); Theodóra Thoroddsen (about 120 meters away); Ađalstrćti 2 - Ingólfsnaust (about 120 meters away); Einar Benediktsson (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
 
Also see . . .  Laufey Jakobsdóttir Obituary (Morgunbladid, in Icelandic). Laufey was one of the founders of the Women's League. She was a honorary member of the Animal Conservation Association of Iceland, took care of matters of the elderly, was interested in the protection of old houses and was chairman of the Torfus Association for a while. Laufey wrote a large number of articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as a number of poems. (Submitted on July 14, 2017.) 
 
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