The image is from Wikipedia Commons
Oddi is a small village and church at Rangárvellir in Rangárvallasýsla, Iceland. Oddi at Rangárvellir was a cultural and learning center in South Iceland during the Middle Ages. There has been a church at Oddi since the introduction of Christianity. The current church at Oddi dates from 1924.   
For centuries it was the central home of the powerful family, Oddaverjar. The two best known leaders in Oddi were Sæmundur Sigfússon the Learned (1056-1133) and his grandson Jón Loftsson (1124-1197). The famous historian Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241) was brought up and educated in Oddi by Jón Loftsson. It has been suggested that the name of the Edda is derived from Oddi. 
Iceland's patron saint Þorlákur Þórhallsson received his education at Oddi from the age of nine (1142-1147) and looked upon the priest Eyjólfur Saemundsson as his foster-father. Þorlákur received Holy Orders in the Diaconate at the age of fifteen and then the Catholic priesthood at age eighteen.
- "Oddi á Rangárvöllum". southiceland.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- "Oddi Church". South Iceland Tourist Information. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- "Oddi Church". NAT- Nordic Adventure Travel. Archived from the original on September 12, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- "Sæmundur Fróði Sigfússon". Gyldendal - Den Store Danske. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- The derivation of Edda from Oddi proposed in 1895 by Eiríkr Magnússon is discussed and rejected by Anatoly Liberman, "Ten Scandinavian and North English Etymologies," Alvíssmál 6 (1996): 63–98, here pp. 67–70. On the derivation of Edda see also Anatoly Liberman, "An Addendum to 'Ten Scandinavian and North English Etymologies' (Edda and glide/gleiten)," Alvíssmál 7 (1997): 101–4, here pp. 101–2.
- This page is based on the Wikipedia article Oddi; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.