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Káinn’s “Little Stína” Dies at 106

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Káinn’s “Little Stína” Dies at 106

Stína litla

Little Stína. Photo: RÚV

“Little Stína,” who throughout her life described the Icelandic poet Káinn, has died at the age of 106, RÚV reports. She appeared on Egill Helgason’s popular TV RÚV program, Vestur-Íslendingarnir (Icelanders in Canada). At the time, she was 104.

Her name was Christine Hall and she was born June 5th, 1909, in North Dakota. She passed away September 6.

The beloved poet Káinn, Kristján Níels Jónsson, lived most of his life with Stína’s family.

In the interview, Egill asked Stína what kind of man Káinn was.

Stína, who had spoken English only throughout the interview, responded, “What kind of man was he? This thing I have to say: Sérstakt góðmenni [an exceptionally kind man].”

Christine is “Stína litla” (Little Stína) in Káinn’s famous poem by the same name. In the program, she recited one of its verses.

The band Baggalútur recorded a melody to the poem on their CD Sólskin í Dakota (Sunshine in Dakota), to which you can listen here.

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