Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 13:00
By the statue of Sæmundur and in Háskólatorg (University Centre)
The annual Tribute to Sæmundur the Learned will take place on Tuesday, 20 March from 1:00-1:30 p.m. by the statue of Sæmundur in front of the Main Building as well as in the University Centre.
The Tribute was first held on the centenary of the University of Iceland in 2011 on the initiative of the Oddi Society, a society that advocates rebuilding 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, in order to remember 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.
As in previous years, the event will be held 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. Following the programme, participants are invited to the University Centre, where hot chocolate and twisted doughnuts (kleinur) will be served.
1:00 p.m. - Gathering at the University Centre. Procession to the statue of Sæmundur on the green in front of the Main Building.
1:05 p.m. - Children from the preschool Mánagarður perform a few songs.
1:10 p.m. - The Chair of the Student Council, Pétur Geir Steinsson, welcomes guests and gives a short introductory talk on Sæmundur the Learned.
1:15 p.m. - Address by Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland.
1:20 p.m. - Address by Þór Jakobsson, member of the Oddi Society.
1:25 p.m. - Children from the preschool Mánagarður perform a few songs.
1: 30 p.m. - Procession to the University Centre, where hot chocolate and twisted doughnuts (kleinur) are served.