Sæmund the Learned, an Icelandic scholar of the 12th century. He traveled widely in pursuit of learning, visiting Paris and Rome, and afterward was a priest at Oddi. He was unknown to scholars until 1643, when the then newly discovered "Elder Edda" was ascribed to him. Sæmund had in his day a great reputation for learning and was also regarded as a magician.
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