Snorro, Sturlesonius

, an Islandic author, of a noble and ancient family, was minister of state to one king of Sweden, and three kings of Norway. Being obliged by an insurrection to take refuge in Iceland, of which he was governor, he remained there till 1241, when his enemy Gyssums drove him from his castle, and put him to death. He wrote, 1. “Chromcim Regum Norwegorum,” an useful work for the history of that country. 2. “Edda Islandica,” which is a history of the Islandic philosophy. (See Saemumd). This has been translated by M. Mallet, and prefixed to his history of Denmark. 2