The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History
University Press of Kentucky, 2015. jan. 13. - 280 oldal
Stranded in a stormy corner of the North Atlantic midway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are part of "the unknown Western Europe" -- a region of recent economic development and subnational peoples facing uncertain futures. This book tells the remarkable story of the Faroes' cultural survival since their Viking settlement in the early ninth century.
At first an unruly little republic, the islands soon became tributary to Norway, dwindled into a Danish-Norwegian mercantilist fiefdom, and in 1816 were made a Danish province. Today, however, they are an internally self-governing Danish dependency, with a prosperous export fishery and a rich intellectual life carried out in the local language, Faroese.
Jonathan Wylie, an anthropologist who has done extensive field work in the Faroes, creates here a vivid picture of everyday life and affairs of state over the centuries, using sources ranging from folkloric texts to parliamentary minutes and from census data to travelers' tales. He argues that the Faroes' long economic stagnation preserved an archaic way of life that was seriously threatened by their economic renaissance in the nineteenth century, especially as this was accompanied by a closer political incorporation into Denmark.
The Faroese accommodated increasingly profound social change by selectively restating their literary and historical heritage. Their success depended on domesticating a Danish ideology glorifying "folkish" ways and so claiming a nationality separate from Denmark's. The book concludes by comparing the Faroes' nationality-without-nationhood to the contrasting situations of their closest neighbors, Iceland and Shetland.
The Faroe Islands is an important contribution to Scandinavian as well as regional and ethnic studies and to the growing literature combining the insights and techniques of anthropology and history. Engagingly written and richly illustrated, it will also appeal to scholars in other fields and to anyone intrigued by the lands and peoples of the North.
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Snaebjørn The farmer Jákup við Neyst in Hvalba had a hired hand who was both
deft and daring and an exceptional man at going fowling on the cliffs. He was
named Snaebjørn (Snaebi, Snábi). The farmer had two byres, one at home við ...
In the fall he took an ox from Lopransdalur, killed and skinned it; he had the meat
for food, but he cut the hide into strips and then moved north to Hvalba. Outside
Tjørnunes, south near Vatnsdalur, is a steep ridge; there Snaebjørn climbed ...
A big whale with one eye would come to Hvalba each year so long as his
descendants lived; a tree with roots on the end would drift ashore to Hvalba from
the west, and a bird would come to live on the land he inherited. But no one
His sister in Fámjin and his lover in Hvalba both give him “food, fire, and a pot,”
but these relationships are personal, not social. He has a friend in Vágur who
warns him that his hiding place has been discovered. He must flee again; as the
In fact, the stories complement each other: Jákup's story has the gannets go from
Hvalba to Mykines, while according to one version of the Mykines story, the
yearly whale did not disappear entirely, but went from Mykines to Hvalba.
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