Monument of Bárður Snæfellsás in Western Iceland

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This monument of Bárður Snæfellsás can be found in western Iceland. Bárður is an important figure in the Sagas of Icelanders and the guardian spirit of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Bárður was according to Bárðar Saga Snæfellsáss the first settler of this area of Iceland and he was half a troll and half a man as his his father was a troll, but his mother was human. Bárður came to Iceland in the 9th century and gave the peninsula its name, Snæfellsnes, which in Icelandic directly translates to Snow Mountain Peninsula.

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