Oddur Gottskálksson

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Title page of Oddur Gottskálksson's 1540 translation of the New Testament into Icelandic

Oddur Gottskálksson (1514/1515 – 1556) was the translator of the first book printed in Icelandic, the New Testament. His translation was based in part on an older translation by Jón Arason, and printed in Roskilde, Denmark. With this publication the status of Icelandic as a language separate from Danish within the Danish Church was recognized, and this was of great importance for the subsequent history of the Icelandic language.[1]


  1. ^ Daisy L. Neijmann A History of Icelandic Literature, p. 177.