Official portrait of Jónatan Kobidson
June 13, 1499|
November 29, 1567|
|Resting place||Vaastväk Royal Cemetery|
|Successor||King Jónatan II|
|Children||Jónatan Jónatanson, Ásta Jónatandottir|
|Parent(s)||Kobid Bergson, Ásta Dórdottir|
|Awards||National Hero of Kobidar Award|
Jónatan was born in 1499 in the village of Eyklójyár, to Kobid Bergson, the Governor of the village. Kobidson was raised humbly, and became one of the most well liked people in Eyklójyár, due to his modesty and charisma. Kobidson always dreamed of becoming a soldier and got his chance when he turned 18.
Under King Davíð
Kobidson was appointed to the Royal Guard of King Davíð, thanks to his father's political connections. Kobidson served in the Royal Guard well, once saving the King's life from a passing carriage, pulling King Davíð out of the path of a speeding carriage just as he was to be hit. Kobidson was rewarded for his efforts, and became one of the King's most loyal friends.
Under King Henrik
When King Davíð died in 1529, his son, King Hinrik took control of the country. Hinrik was a cruel and merciless man, who executed 35 men just for farming on his land. When Kobidson objected to the King's methods, he was demoted to a mere foot soldier. Kobidson left Hinrik's army, and started a revolutionary movement.
Uprising of 1536
By 1535, Kobidson had massed close to 3,000 armed followers. Kobidson made the first move of the war by attacking Hinrik's royal carriage as it left Vaastväk. Kobidson captured the King, and set him free, making him swear to change his ways. Hinrik abided by his promise for about 2 months, and then attacked one of Kobidson's strongholds. Kobidson retaliated, by taking the city of Tràsvalünd, a main base of operations for the King. Kobidson then convinced the towns of Oddrsur and Reyðajör to join his cause. Hinrik, heavily outnumbered, hid in his castle at Vaastväk. Kobidson made one final attack at Vaastväk, leading the charge and taking the city. Kobidson then cast off Hinrik in a raft, with a week's worth of food towards Iceland, and was named King.
King Jónatan, as he was referred to, was a fair and just King. He founded two cities, Rösläsk, and Hävangí to make room for the growing population. King Jónatan also named Vaastväk as the official capital of the country, of which he had renamed Kobidar in the place of Oddrsland. Jónatan also created a law, that prevented any King from seizing any piece of land that was rightfully owned by the occupier. He created another law as well, that stated that any accusations towards a man would be handled by the newly created Supreme Court. Jónatan died in 1567, leaving the country to his son, also named Jónatan.
Kobidson is still thought of as the savior of Kobidar, and is a folk figure and National Hero for his deeds. He is also thought to be the best and most famous King of Kobidar.