Matthías Jochumsson

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

Matthías Jochumsson (11 November 1835 – 18 November 1920) was an Icelandic poet, playwright, and translator. He is best known for his lyrical poetry and for writing the national anthem of Iceland, "Lofsöngur", in 1874.[1] He was born in Skógar in Þorskafjörður into a poor family and traveled to the continent to further his education. Intending to become a business man, Matthías discovered his passion for languages and literature. He died in Akureyri, where his house, Sigurhæðir, is now a museum, devoted to his life and work. He is buried in Akureyri


  1. ^ History | Icelandic National Anthem | Subjects | Prime Minister´s Office. Retrieved on 5 December 2013.

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