Sjounda is a remote, abandoned farm in the easternmost part of the Raudisandur Area in rather uninviting surroundings.
In 1802, two farms and families occupied the property. Bjarni Bjarnason and Steinunn Sigurdardottir decided to murder their spouces, Gudrun Egilsdottir and Jon Thorgrimsson, to be able to enjoy their lives together without them. They were both sentenced to torture and death. Bjarni was sent to Denmark for his execution, but before that happened, Steinunn died in the penitentiary in Reykjavik. She was buried on top of Hill Skolavorduholt,(Reykjavik) where her grave could be seen until the beginning of the 20th century, when her earthly remains were moved to consecrated ground. The novel “Svartfugl” by Gunnar Gunnarsson is based on this tragedy. The farm was permanently abandoned in the spring of 1921.
According to the Book of Settlements and the Sturlunga Saga,
many murders, executions and slayings took place in Iceland.
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