Gunnar first met Franzisca Antonia Josephine Jørgensen at a dance held by the Icelandic Society in Copenhagen in 1911. Franzisca was there with her sister, Anna, who was married to Icelandic sculptor Einar Jónsson. Their father was a blacksmith, while their mother was of aristocratic German descent, of the von Wenk family. Gunnar and Franzisca were married on 20 August 1912, two months after Ormarr Örlygsson, the first volume of Borgslægtens historie (Guest the One-Eyed) had been accepted for publication by Gyldendal.
As Gunnar had little faith in the Danish educational system, feeling that it instilled a universal mediocrity, the boys were taught at home by a private tutor until their teenage years.
Gut - The Artist
Gunnar Gunnarsson the younger had pleurisy and tuberculosis as a child, and lay seriously ill for almost a year at the National Hospital in Copenhagen. His artistic leanings emerged at an early age, and at the age of only 16 he was admitted to the renowned private art school of artist Carl Larsen. He went on to study art and view it in many parts of the world. At a young age he began producing illustrations to his father’s books. The best-known are the illustrations to Kirken på bjerget (The Church on the Mountain), first published in 1951 in the second Icelandic edition of the book, translated by Halldór Laxness. Gunnar the younger travelled to Iceland with his parents in 1939. Due to the outbreak of World War II, he had to remain there, living at Skriðuklaustur. He later married Signý Sveinsdóttir, who came to Skriðuklaustur to work, and they had three children. Gunnar died in 1977.
Trold - The Doctor
Úlfur studied medicine at the universities of Rostock and Greifswald in Germany. He remained there throughout World War II, moving to Iceland in 1945. He received his medical degree from the University of Iceland in 1947. His experience in wartime Germany stood him in good stead during later work in Iceland. For most of his career, he served as a hospital physician in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland, and is said to have resolved various medical problems that had stymied his colleagues. Úlfur met his wife, a nurse named Benedicta Katharina Irene, in Germany. They had four children. Úlfur died in 1988.
Grimme - The Journalist