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North Icelandic Poet’s Harmonica Retrieved

A harmonica belonging to the poet Davíd Stefánsson (1895-1964) from the farm Fagriskógur near Akureyri in north Iceland was recovered earlier this month. It was brought to the poet’s home-turned-museum in Akureyri by Jón B. Gudlaugsson.

Jón B. Gudlaugsson holding the harmonica in front of a bust of Davíd Stefánsson from Fagriskógur.

The harmonica had ended up with Stefánsson’s dear friend Árni Kristjánsson (1906-2003), a pianist and former musical director of the national broadcaster RÚV, who gave it to Gudlaugsson in the late 20th century.

It is assumed that Stefánsson had forgotten his harmonica at Kristjánsson’s home at one point, a press release says.

The poet’s harmonica and violin on top of his piano.

In his book Endurminningar samferdarmanna (“Recollection of fellow travelers”), Kristjánsson wrote a chapter about his friend Stefánsson, mentioning that he witnessed how elegantly the poet played the harmonica.

Davídshús, the Davíd Stefánsson museum (located on Bjarkarstígur 6 in Akureyri), is open from 1 pm to 5 pm every weekday throughout the summer.

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