Farm Saudafell and former church site is situated in the Middalir Valleys in the Dalir District at the foot of a synonymous mountain.
According to the Sturlunga Saga, the ancestor of the Sturlunga dynasty, lived there. Once the Vatnsfiord dynasty attacked his farm in January 1229, when he was away, plundered and disgraced the people. Three years later, the brothers of the Vatnsfiord dynasty were travelling in past Sturla’s farm. He became aware of that, went after them and killed them for revenge.
In the 16th century bishop Jon Arason, his two sons and other followers were visiting Saudafell. His archenemy, Dadi Gudmundsson of farm Snoksdalur got the news of his presence there. He gathered an army of men, went to Saudafell and seized the father and sons prisoners. He took them to Skalholt, the bishopric of the southern see, where they were beheaded January 7th 1550 by Danish soldiers.
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