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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Jónas was a son of the legendary Mikkjal Jónsson. Mikkjal, a third-generation
Faroese (his father was Joen Heinesen, who was logmaður from 1572 to 1583
and his grandfather was Heini “Shipwreck”) served as sheriff of Eysturoy from
Yes, there was a prosperous Eysturoy farmer named Mikkjal. Yes, his “farm at
Lamba” had 30 merkur, or pretty close to it, anyway: it actually had comprised 29
merkur until 1764, when it was divided in half; these halves were themselves ...
In the episode following the one already quoted, for example, Mikkjal's crew
embarks on a pilot-whale hunt. The chase fails, but Mikkjal tells Oli to spear a
whale. Oli does so, when suddenly another whale entangles itself in the line. Oli
Olavur is the sort of person one would like to have as sheriff, while Mikkjal (who
actually was sheriff) is, with his unruly henchman Oli, the sort who is forever
testing legal and natural limits.” The teller of this tale and his (or her) audience
Mikkjal was a contentious man with large holdings that he was forever trying to
increase. As well as freeholdings and the tenancy at Lamba, he held four other
tenancies on Eysturoy, amounting to 28% merkur (Degn 1945:155,173,175,177).
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