Jónas Kristjánsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Jónas.

Jónas Kristjánsson (born 1924) is an Icelandic scholar and novelist. He is a former longtime director of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, from which he retired upon reaching the age limit on the position in 1994.[1] He is best known for his works on Icelandic sagas, laying emphasis on their literary nature and working on several stylistic and syntactic problems.[2][3][4] His novel, The Wide World, is set in Viking age North America.[citation needed] He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[5]


  1. ^ Fjársjóður Íslands Jónas Kristjánsson er að láta af störfum forstöðumanns, Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic), August 7, 1994 (long article on his career)
  2. ^ Davies, Karin. Iceland works to preserve its own folk tales, Lawrence Journal-World (Associated Press), November 17, 1991
  3. ^ Second Viking site sought, The Record (Kitchener, Ontario), November 12, 2001 ("Prof Jonas Kristjansson an expert on the Norse sagas")
  4. ^ New Clues Emerge on the Vikings' Voyage, The Boston Globe, February 4, 2000 ("Jonas Kristjansson one of Iceland's foremost scholars of the sagas")
  5. ^ "Gruppe 5: Filologi og språkvitenskap" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 10 January 2011.