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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He had a woman working for him who was from Mykines; she tended the cows,
but because it was a rather long way for her to go to the western byre, she mostly
lived in that byre while the cows stayed there. For this they called her “the byre ...
... and so forth—and so it ceased. The bottle-nosed whale, however, still comes to
Hvalba as before. The gannet came too, but because the land Jákup
Snaebjarnarson inherited was on Mykines, the gannet went there to live, and
there it still is.
The byre woman is also peripheral in that she comes from another island,
Mykines. Women commonly moved more often than men, but they did so either to
work in someone else's house or to set up their own when they married. The byre
“Once upon a time a giant named Mighty Tórur lived in Gäsadalur on Vágar, and
at the same time a man named Mighty Oli lived on Mykines.” Tórur coveted Oli's
island and came over to kill him for it. They fought, but Oli got the giant down, ...
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