Snorri Sturlusson

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Snorri Sturlusson 1179-1241

Snorri Sturlusson was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. He was twice law-speaker at the Icelandic parliament, the Althingi. He was the author of the Younger Edda, which is comprised of Gylfaginning, a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skaldskaparmal, a book of poetic language, and the Hattatal, a list of verse forms. He was also the author of the Heimskringla, a history of early mediaeval Scandinavian history. He is also thought to be the author of Egils Saga.

Sturlusson became involved in an unsuccessful rebellion against King Hakon Hakonarson, the King of Norway, and was subsequently killed.