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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The king's chief representative in the islands came to be called the bailiff (futi).
Six sheriffs (syslumenn) stood under him, one for each of the Faroes' six districts (
syslur). The sheriffs were Faroese and as a rule lived in the districts they ...
1632) and Sjælland W merchant(s) bailiff logmaður bishop after ca. 1273 after ca.
1035 \ ca. 1100–1557; thereafter, dean/dean winter bailiff sorinskrivari | Tórshavn
from sixteenth century ca. 1600–50 Løgting sheriffs spring parliaments ...
The judge and the bailiff both sat below the bluff called “The Court Table.” The
judge reads the sentence to Snaebjørn and condemns him to work in iron chains
for four years at Bremerholm. Snaebjørn calls this a harsh and unjust sentence, ...
When the bailiff died in Copenhagen, over the winter of 1644/45, Hannemand
tried to take over the post, or at least he anticipated what he hoped would be his
own appointment to it. Among other things, he wrote to the sheriffs in the bailiff's ...
Neither Jákup nor Snaebjørn has sought to fight; they have been driven to it by
non-Faroese subordinates, the bailiff's underling the “judge” and the
huldumadur's dog. But like the “judge” and the dog, the bailiff and the
huldumadur are ...
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