(Chapter 19, page 122: ...in the novel Iceland’s Bell... *)
Iceland's Bell is a historical novel by Nobel prize-winning author Halldór Laxness. The novel tells the story of Jón Hreggviðsson and his battle with the Danish authorities in the 18th Century. Hreggviðsson, the pitch-black haired convict, concise in speech in the tradition of the ancient sagas, is sentenced to death for the murder of the king’s executioner. Iceland was an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famines, and plagues.
Another historical reference from the novel "Vulture's Lair" by Icelandic writer Hallur Hallsson.