Ragnar Þórhallsson

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Ragnar Þórhallsson
Ragnar Þórhallsson live.jpg
Background information
Born (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 31)
Garðabær, Iceland
GenresIndie pop, indie rock, indie folk, folk rock, acoustic
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, melodica, glockenspiel
Associated actsOf Monsters and Men

Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson (born 6 March 1987) is an Icelandic musician. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist, along with Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, of the Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ragnar attended Fjölbrautaskólinn í Garðabæ, a school in Garðabær. Ragnar got his first guitar at the age of 9 but did not start playing until 17.[2]

Of Monsters and Men[edit]

Ragnar joined the band in 2010.[3] The band then entered the 2010 annual Icelandic music competition Músíktilraunir, which they won.[4][3] They soon released their debut studio album My Head Is an Animal in late 2011. The album charted in multiple regions and the band gained popularity worldwide.[5] After the Seattle radio station KEXP broadcast a performance from Ragnar's living room, the band went viral.[6]

After a successful first album, the band released their second studio album Beneath the Skin in 2015.[7]

Ragnar also came up with the band name, Of Monsters and Men.[8] He plays the guitar left-handed.


  1. ^ Of Monsters and Men Army (2015). "Band Members of Monsters And Men". Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  2. ^ Ragnhildi Steinunni(Presenter); Einar Ingvarsson(English Translation) (2012). Of Monsters and Men Documentary(Ísþjóðin) (in Icelandic). Reykjavik: Icelandic TV. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Interview: A 'little talk' with Of Monsters and Men". Rappler. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  4. ^ Interview Magazine (2012). "Discovery: Of Monsters and men". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  5. ^ Beckmann, Jim (6 December 2011). "Of Monsters And Men: From Reykjavik With Love", NPR Music. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ Mossman, Kate (2012-08-11). "Of Monsters and Men: 'We found we could bond better by telling each other fairytales'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  7. ^ Cardenas, C (2015). "Of Monsters and Men barely scratches the surface with "Beneath the Skin"". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  8. ^ Chan, Tracie (1 March 2012). "An Interview with of Monsters and Men with Nelson Nyabuto: On Monsters, Jugglers, & Their First US Tour". Austinist. Retrieved 31 October 2015.

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