The last resting place of Agnes Magnusdottir

Those people familiar with Hannah Kent's magnificent historical Novel "Burial Rites" will know that it relates to real events that took place in Iceland in 1830.  The last execution of a woman in this extraordinary country is a tale that has captivated many. What may not be widely known is that Agnusdottir and her accomplice Fridrick Sigurdsson are buried in a tiny graveyard in an out of the way place on the Vatnsnes Peninsula in Northern Iceland.  

The hamlet of Tjorn, not even a town, just a few isolated farm houses and this tiny church are the final resting place for these two people.  The grave was originally unmarked, but in the last couple of years a headstone has been added, in part due to the runaway success and fame generated by the novel.  There was also an Icelandic documentary made a few years ago, but it seems this was only for local release.  With the image below I hope to have captured some of the sense of isolation and melancholy that this story  creates.

The graveyard at Tjorn by Michael Smyth

The graveyard at Tjorn by Michael Smyth