Ólafur Egilsson

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Title page of the Danish edition of Ólafur's memoir

Ólafur Egilsson (1564 – 1 March 1639) was an Icelandic Lutheran minister. In 1627, he was abducted, along with his wife and two sons, by Barbary Pirates under the Ottoman Empire during their raid on Vestmannaeyjar. The raid is known in Icelandic history as Tyrkjaránið (The Turkish abductions). He returned to Vestmannaeyjar in 1628 but his wife Ásta Þorsteinsdóttir did not return until 1637 and his sons never returned. He later wrote a memoir of his abduction and return, which was published both in Iceland and in Denmark.

Ólafur Egilsson and his wife Ásta Þorsteinsdóttir are major characters in the 2018 historical novel The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson.[1]

Published work[edit]

  • Egilsson, Ólafur (1741). En kort Beretning Om De Tyrkiske Søe-Røveres onde Medfart og Omgang, da de kom til Island i Aaret 1627, og der borttoge over 300 Mennesker, ihjelsloge mange, og paa tyrannisk Maade ilde medhandlede dem : sammenskreven af Præsten Oluf Eigilssen fra Vest-Manøe, som tillige blev ført derfra til Algier, og 1628 kom tilbage igien. Danish text.[2]
  • Egilsson, Ólafur (1852). Lítil saga umm herhlaup Tyrkjans á Íslandi árið 1627. Edited by Hallvarður Hængsson and Hrærekur Hrólfsson. Reykjavík. Icelandic text.[3]
  • Egilsson, Ólafur (2016). The Travels of Reverend Ólafur Egilsson: The Story of the Barbary Corsair Raid on Iceland in 1627. Translated from the original Icelandic text and edited by Karl Smári Hreinsson and Adam Nichols. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 978-0-8132-2869-3.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Magnusson, Sally (2018). The Sealwoman's Gift. London: Two Roads. ISBN 9781473638952.
  2. ^ Danish National Library
  3. ^ http://baekur.is/bok/000301335/0/7/Litil_saga_umm_herhlaup

Further reading[edit]

  • Piastra, Stefano, "L’Italia nel racconto di viaggio di Ólafur Egilsson, reverendo islandese del XVII secolo." In: Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana, s. XIII, V, 4 (2012), 861-878 (in Italian language; paper focused on Egilsson's descriptions of Italy).

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