Sigurður Breiðfjörð

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No pictures were made of Sigurður while he was alive but after his death Helgi Sigurðsson á Melum made a pencil drawing of him from memory.

Sigurður Breiðfjörð (4 March 1798 – 1846) was an Icelandic poet. He learned cooperage for four years in Copenhagen and worked as a cooper in Iceland and Greenland. He was a prolific and popular traditional poet, known for his rímur cycles. Núma rímur is his best-known work.


  • Neijmann, Daisy L. (1996). The Icelandic Voice in Canadian Letters : The Contribution of Icelandic-Canadian Writers to Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's Press. ISBN 0-88629-317-0
  • Sigurður Breiðfjörð (in Icelandic)
  • Sigurður Breiðfjörð in Dansk Forfatterleksikon (in Danish)