Georg Guðni

Georg Guðni
1.1.1961 – 18.6.2011

Dear Georg,

I’ve just learned that you suddenly left us yesterday, as summer in the North was arriving in earnest. This news leaves me shocked and saddened, as it must your wife Sigrún, your children, the rest of your family, and your many friends and admirers in Iceland and around the world. You have inspired us with your painting, your clarity of thought, gentleness, steadfastness and good humour. Perhaps like many of those who know you, I selfishly grieve over losing the physical proximity of your unique personal qualities and way of living. As someone who admires your painting process and results, I selfishly resent being deprived of the work you leave unfinished, and the many fine pictures to follow. As time advances and settles these strong first reactions into good memories, I hope to be able to consistently follow your good example: to watch, listen, and feel fully through all the days and nights I’m fortunate to spend on this earth. Thank you for your life and your friendship.

Love,
Viggo.

Valley Song

Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!
Ditches deep in cotton grass!
Dandelions, a golden mass!
In your midst I ache to pass
all my years of sun and shadow!
Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!

Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges
deep in dark sequestered glens!
Dashing waters, ancient friends!
Gushing gulleys! elfin dens,
girt with rock along the edges!
Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges!

Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes,
currents crinkling in the light!
Cloudy river, green and bright!
Here contentment nears its height,
here among your flowers and grasses!
Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes!

Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain’s shoulder!
Keep the country safe below,
crested summits white with snow,
guarding it from gales that blow
grimly as the year turns colder!
Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain’s shoulder!

Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever,
slowly sweeping east to west!
Summer valley, gorgeous, blest!
Childhood’s idyll, age’s rest
after years of long endeavor!
Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever!Dalvísa

Fífilbrekka! gróin grund!
grösug hlíð með berjalautum!
flóatetur! fífusund!
fífilbrekka! smáragrund!
yður hjá ég alla stund
uni best í sæld og þrautum;
fífilbrekka! gróin grund!
grösug hlíð með berjalautum!

Gljúfrabúi, gamli foss!
gilið mitt í klettaþröngum!
góða skarð með grasahnoss!
gljúfrabúi, hvítur foss!
verið hefur vel með oss,
verða mun það enn þá löngum;
gljúfrabúi, gamli foss!
gilið mitt í klettaþröngum!

Bunulækur blár og tær!
bakkafögur á í hvammi!
sólarylur, blíður blær,
bunulækur fagurtær!
yndið vekja ykkur nær
allra best í dalnum frammi;
bunulækur blár og tær!
bakkafögur á í hvammi!

Hnjúkafjöllin himinblá!
hamragarðar! hvítir tindar!
heyjavöllin horfið á
hnjúkafjöllin hvít og blá!
skýlið öllu helg og há!
hlífið dal, er geysa vindar!
Hnjúkafjöllin himinblá!
hamragarðar! hvítir tindar!

Sæludalur! sveitin best!
sólin á þig geislum helli!
snemma risin seint þá sest;
sæludalur! prýðin best!
þín er grundin gæðaflest,
gleðin æsku, hvíldin elli!
Sæludalur! sveitin best!
sólin á þig geislum helli!

 

Jónas Hallgrímsson, 1844
(English translation by Dick Ringler, 2002)

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2 responses

  1. sandy

    great photo,darkroom tecknique or photoshop?it says alot about who the man was. strange how i got this email out of no where. and i watched the road for the first time last night.mt.st. helen was a perfect place to film this movie. kind of haunting,if u think about it.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:58 am

  2. The stars called you home
    to dance in Eternal Dawn.
    A light so beautiful and rare
    they weep at your return.

    Until we meet again Georg

    Nan

    September 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

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