|National anthem of||Iceland|
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Lofsöngur (Icelandic for 'Hymn'), also called Ó Guð vors lands ('O, God of Our Land'), is the national anthem (or hymn) of the Nordic country of Iceland. It was written for the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the first Norse settlement of Iceland, though it wasn't considered a nation anthem for another 40 years. It was adopted in 1944 when the country became a republic during the constitutional referendum. Previously in 1874, the music of the hymn was composed by Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and the lyrics (words) were written by Matthías Jochumsson.
Lyrics[change | change source]
First stanza (in bold) is regularly used as part of the hymn.
Ó, guð vors lands! Ó, lands vors guð!
[ouː | kvʏːð vɔr̥s lans ‖ ouː | lans vɔr̥s kvʏːð ‖]
Our country's God! Our country's God!
Trivia[change | change source]
- It's often thought to be difficult to sing due to having vocal range of high and low registers.
- This anthem has strong religious connotations despite the country becoming more secular. It has been suggested that the anthem be replaced with a more modern, less religious anthem.
References[change | change source]
- "Iceland". nationalanthems.info. Retrieved 30 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- https://web.archive.org/web/20160818141305/http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/iceland-s-national-anthem-was-written-in-an-edinburgh-house-1-4163693 The Scotsman. Iceland’s national anthem was written in an Edinburgh house. 27 June 2016.
- https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=du0QAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=%22Vér+lifum+sem+blaktandi,+blaktandi+strá%22&source=bl&ots=s1nlKUUrh3&sig=qWpD7KFdrYuJD7tozph5p8WG_Lk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjXvbGFx7vUAhVOIVAKHeKvBZwQ6AEITTAG#v=onepage&q=%22Vér%20lifum%20sem%20blaktandi%2C%20blaktandi%20strá%22&f=false Jochumsson, Matthías (1815). Ljóðmæli: úrval. Bókaverzlun Sigf. Eymundssonar.
- https://books.google.com/books?id=jfrWCQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Complete+Guide+to+National+Symbols+and+Emblems+%5B2+volumes%5D&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7trf6rZTqAhWORjABHb-nBgEQ6AEIJTAA National Anthem. 2009. The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems [2 volumes]. Minahan, James B.
- Things you never knew about national anthems. https://web.archive.org/web/20170426201438/https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2010/03/04/things_you_never_knew_about_national_anthems.html. March 4, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2017. Taylor, Lesley Ciarula. Toronto Star.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20170425194349/http://gazette.com/go-iceland/article/1579461 Silk, Mark. 1 July 2016. Go Iceland!. The Gazette. Colorado Springs. Religion News Service. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20170425195935/http://icelandreview.com/stuff/views/2011/01/12/un-singable-national-anthem-iceland-kh Hauptmann, Katharina. 11 January 2011. The Un-Singable National Anthem of Iceland. Iceland Review. Retrieved April 26, 2017.