Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:05 to 12:40
By the statue of Sæmundur the Learned
The annual Tribute to Sæmundur the Learned will take place on Monday 20 March from 12.05 to 12.40 in two locations: in the University Centre and by the statue of Sæmundur in front of the Main Building.
The Tribute was first held on the centenary of the University of Iceland in 2011 on the initiative of the Oddi Society, a society advocating the re-establishment of Oddi, the centre of learning in Rangárvellir where Sæmundur the Learned lived. The event has been held every year since, usually as close as possible to the vernal equinox, to commemorate the scholar and folklore character Sæmundur Sigfússon, known as Sæmundur the Learned, who lived in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Sæmundur studied abroad in Europe but later returned to Iceland and became a priest at Oddi in Rangárvellir.
The event will start in the University Centre but, as in previous years, will continue by the statue of Sæmundur riding the seal on the green in front of the Main Building. The statue was sculpted by Ásmundur Sveinsson and references a famous folk tale about an encounter between Sæmundur and the Devil - according to the tale, the Devil took the form of a seal to carry Sæmundur home to Iceland.
In the University Centre:
12.05 Ási Þórðarson, vice chair of the Student Council, will welcome guests and give a short introductory talk on Sæmundur the Learned
12.10 The University Choir will perform two songs
12.20 We will move down to the statue
By the statue of Sæmundur the Learned:
12.25 The Rector of the University of Iceland, Jón Atli Benediktsson, will give a short talk
12.30 Þór Jakobsson, member of the Oddi Society, will give a short talk
12.35 Children from the preschool Mánagarður will perform a few songs
12.45 End of event
The event is open and welcome to all!