Sauðafell

Sauðafell, a farm at the foot of a mountain of the same name, a manor farm through the ages. The home of Sturla Sighvatsson when the men of Vatnsfjörður attacked it in January 1229, committing gross atrocities against the place and its people, as related in Sturlunga saga. Sturla himself escaped as he happened to be away from home that day, and he took revenge by killing the Vatnsfjörður brothers when they were passing Sauðafell three years later. Governor Hrafn Oddsson (1226–1289) lived at Sauðafell. He was made Governor over Iceland, and thus the most powerful man in the country, in 1279. He is best known for his firm opposition to the episcopal powers. It was at Sauðafell that Daði Guð­mundsson from Snóksdalur took captive Jón Arason, the last Catholic Bishop, and his sons, later sending them to Skálholt (see Road 31) where they were executed November 7, 1550. Birthplace of Jakob Jóhannesson Smári (1889–1972), well–known poet, grammarian and translator.