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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them as the Vikings first did, or to recall Beowulf's famous landfall (though that
was in Denmark): “after the curl-prowed ship had gone on another day's time the
seafarers saw land, the sea cliffs shine, the steep hills, the wide ocean headlands
There are three main areas “outside the wall”: the outfield, the cliffs, and the sea.
Both in the legend and in everyday life, this geographical progression is
associated with parallel progressions in useful animal life (and hence in
The Faroes “outside the wall” (uttangarðs) Political Ecclesiastical Geography
Animals Areas Courts Sites Officials Officials Trade Sea fish Denmark royal court
Copenhagen king, etc. king, bishop, Iceland etc. Co., Gabels', etc. cliffs birds
Snaebjørn goes to live in the cliffs, where his life becomes as topsyturvy as his
staff. Both literally and figuratively, socially and geographically, his position is
precarious. He lives alone between the land and the sea, an outlaw, taking things
Hear the waterfall play on the cliffs! Hear the dwarves talk on the bluffs! That's the
Faroes' language. Hear the merry lambs bleat! Hear birds sing in the outfield!
That's the Faroes' language. Hear, in thanks for a good trip, the psalm sound from
Mit mondanak mások - Írjon ismertetőt
Specters and Illusions
Governance and Governors