Translators from Icelandic

A list of active translators from Icelandic into several languages, some information about them and their translations.


Júlían Meldon D´Arcy

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Julian Meldon D'Arcy has postgraduate degrees from the universities of Lancaster and Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and has lived and worked as an academic in Iceland for more than forty years, eventually becoming Professor of English Literature at the University of Iceland. Apart from teaching modern British, American, and Scottish literature (on which he has published two books), he has also translated into English a variety of Icelandic publications, including novels, short stories, poetry, folklore, local histories and nature books, as well as children's fiction, song lyrics and television and feature film subtitles/screenplays. 

Selected Translations

  • 2018: Fairy Tales and Legends – A Journey: ICELAND, by Helmut Hinrichsen (collator) and Max Schmid (photographer). Salenstein (Switzerland): Benteli Publishing. [Folklore]
  • 2018: “A Day in the Life of a Child,” by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, in The Radiance of the Short Story: Fiction from around the Globe, ed. Maurice A. Lee and Aaron Penn. Lee and Penn Publishing, pp. 482-87. [Fiction]
  • 2017: “Travelling Companion,” by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, in Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from Iceland, ed. Helen Mitsios. Minneapolis & London: University of Minneapolis Press, pp. 116-25. [Fiction]
  • 2017: Lífæðin / Lifeline, by Pepe Brix & Arnþór Gunnarsson. Reykjavík: Vaka       Helgafell. [History of fishing industry in S.E. Iceland]
  • 2016: The Glaciers of Iceland: A Historical, Cultural and Scientific Overview, by Helgi Björnsson. Amsterdam: Atlantis Press. [Geology]
  • 2014: Of Icelandic Nobles and Idiot Savants, by Þórbergur Þórðarson. With Introduction & Notes. (With Hallberg Hallmundsson). Reykjavík: Brú. [Autofiction]
  • 2014: Egil's Saga: An Icelandic Classic, by Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir & Halldór     Baldursson (with Philip Roughton). Illustrated. London: Real Reads. [Children's book].
  • 2012: The Story of the Blue Planet, by Andri Snær Magnason. Illustrated. New    York: Seven Stories Press; London: Pushkin Press.  [Winner of the UK      Literacy Association Prize for Best Children's Book of the Year, 7-11 Year-  olds, 2013]
  • 2012: The Stones Speak, by Þórbergur Þórðarson. With Introduction & Notes. Reykjavík: Mál og Menning. [Autofiction]
  • 2011: Hlíðargötur / Sideroads, by Jónas Þorbjarnason. Dual language edition      (with Ástráður Eysteinsson). Reykjavík: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for    Foreign Languages & University of Iceland Press. [Poetry]
  • 2000: The Lodger and Other Stories, by Svava Jakobsdóttir. Reykjavík:     University of Iceland Press. [Fiction]