Author, Ethnologist, Journalist
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir (b. 1965) is an ethnologist and a journalist by education, with a background in the media. Her first books, Við Urðarbrunn (By Urd’s Well 1993) and Nornadómur (Norns’Judgement 1994) tell the story of a young Irish/Norse slave woman in 9th century Iceland and have been a part of the curriculum of Icelandic highschools since their publication.
Eldfórnin (Sacrifice by Fire 1997), Galdur (2000) (published as On the Cold Coasts by AmazonCrossing 2012) and Hrafninn (The Raven 2005) revolve around historical events in medieval Iceland and Greenland. Hrafninn was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize as well as Auður (2009), the story of the life of the only woman to lead a settlement expedition to Iceland in the Viking Age. The book received rave reviews and so did its sequel, Vígroði (Crimson Skies 2012).
Vilborg’s latest book, Ástin, drekinn og dauðinn (On Love, Dragons and Dying 2015) is a memoir. This is the story of her husband’s journey with brain cancer and her first year as a widow in 2013. It has been highly acclaimed for dealing with the end of life and grief in a moving yet realistic way, encouraging the reader to live mindfully, whatever happens, and accept death as a natural part of life.