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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... Louis A. Pitschmann of the Fiske Icelandic Collection at Cornell University,
Svanhild Eriksen of the Photo Department of the Historisk Museum at the
University of Bergen, and especially Olavur 0ster of the Føroya Fornminnisavn in
The prosperous farmer Olavur Larvasson (he is said wrongly, in the legend, to be
Oli's father; the reallife Oli was more likely Mikkjal's sister's son) captured two pilot
whales at sea after a hunt had failed. It may have been a tricky case, since the ...
The ax stood in its back, and Ólavur's name on the shaft.—In those days it was
the custom, that girls came to the spring court to choose themselves men. The
Eysturoy spring court then met in Selatrač, and a girl in Sjógv who had come
A more hidden connection between Olavur Larvasson and Thor is that, as we
happen to know from the account of the Icelandic mariner Jón Indiafari, who
visited him (it was Olavur who could read the Icelandic books), Olavur was an ...
It is said that she and her sister went to North Norway, presumably accompanying
Olavur, and though her sister died there of “Finnish magic,” she herself learned it.
Both the trip and the magic are exceptional. The horizons of most legends are ...
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