estate is located near River Eastern Ranga in District Rangarvellir.
The first settler of the area, Ketill Haengur
Thorkelsson, claimed the area between the rivers Thjorsa and Markarfljot
for himself, and later parted it to other noble settlers. According to
the Book of Settlements, the grandson of Mordur Gigja of farm Vellir,
Mordur Valgardsson, lived there during the Saga Period. He was
unfortunate enough to slander Hoskuldur the chieftain of Hvitanes in the
ears of the sons of Njall of farm Bergthorshvoll, who slew him in spite
of family connections. This misdeed triggered vendettas and
bloodshed, and eventually the burning of
farm Bergthorshvoll, where Njal’s family perished.
to written sources, Stora-Hof was a church site to 1703, served by the
priests and reverends of Parsonage Oddi. In 1770 it became necessary to
relocate the farm because of erosion. During the period 1904-07 the
farm was the seat of the District magistrate Einar Benediktsson (poet
(Saga trail South Iceland)