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Lifetime: 1179 - 1241 Passed: ≈ 782 years ago


Historian, Poet



Snorri Sturleson

Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 22 September 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in Icelandic literature and culture.

What were his principles?

Snorri was a devout Christian, and his faith informed his work. He believed that it was important to preserve and record the history of the Icelandic people, and he also believed in the power of literature to educate and entertain.

What was he famous for?

Snorri is best known for his two major works: the Prose Edda and the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda is a handbook of Norse mythology and poetry, while the Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about the Norwegian kings.

Notable works

  • Prose Edda
  • Heimskringla
  • Egil's Saga
  • Egilsstaðir


Snorri's philosophy was based on the idea that history and literature were important for preserving the identity and culture of the Icelandic people. He also believed in the power of education and entertainment, and he worked to make his writings accessible to a wide audience.

When did he die?

Snorri was murdered on September 22, 1241, by two of his nephews. He was 62 years old.

How is he remembered?

Snorri is remembered as one of the most important figures in Icelandic literature and culture. His works have been translated into many languages and are still read and studied today. He is also credited with helping to preserve the Icelandic language and culture.

Interesting facts

  • Snorri was a member of the Sturlungar family, one of the most powerful families in Iceland at the time.
  • He was educated at Oddi, a center of learning in Iceland.
  • Snorri served twice as Lögsögumaður, the lawspeaker of the Icelandic Althing.
  • He was a prolific writer, and his works include sagas, poetry, and historical treatises.
  • Snorri was assassinated in 1241 by his nephews, who were jealous of his power and wealth.


Snorri Sturluson was a complex and fascinating figure. He was a skilled historian, poet, politician, and diplomat. He was also a devout Christian and a man of deep principle. Snorri's work has had a profound impact on Icelandic culture and literature, and he is still remembered today as one of the most important figures in Icelandic history.

Books by Snorri Sturleson

Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson Cover image

Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson

Politics Culture Poems Legend Vikings Verses Prose

Step into the world of Norse mythology and legend with the Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson! This collection of two of the most important works of Norse literature is a must-have for anyone interested in Vik...

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The Prose Edda

Poetry History
Drama Religion Imagery Nature Sea Mythology Tradition political Verses Legends

Step into the realm of Norse mythology, where gods and goddesses clash, heroes embark on epic quests, and the forces of creation and destruction collide. Snorri Sturluson's The Prose Edda, a masterpiece of medieval literature, serves as a comprehensi...