Home of one of the leading families in the 12th and 13th centuries and a major centre for learning and culture. A church has been on the site since the introduction of Christianity, although the present one only dates from 1924. Oddi was the home of many important cultural and political figures in the past, including Sæmundur the Wise, the subject of many folk tales in which he consistently outwits the devil. His grandson, Jón Loftsson (1124-1197), was the most powerful man in Iceland in his day and fostered the great historian and Saga writer Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241).

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