Hruni is a farm,
a church site, and a parsonage in the Hrunamanna County. The present
church was built in 1865.
Thorvaldur Gissurarson (1155-1225), the son
of Gissur Hallsson of Haukadalur, lived at Hruni 1182-1225. He was a
clever chieftain and a catholic priest. He founded the monastery on
the Videy Island in 1224 and died there as a canon the next year.
His son Gissur
(1208-1268) took over after his father and became the most powerful
chieftain in the southern quarter of the country. He was a naturally
peaceful man, but circumstances dragged him into the obstinate
disputes of the so-called Sturlunga Age. He took the side of Hakon the
old, king of Norway, and later became his earl in Iceland (1258-1268).
After the Reformation
a former priest at Hruni and household manager of the
Episcopal seat Skalholt, Jon
Hedinsson (†1543), who would not be reformed, defended the
last catholic bishop by killing Danish invaders after they
had mistreated the bishop and his followers.
(Saga trail South Iceland)