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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Snaebjørn The farmer Jákup við Neyst in Hvalba had a hired hand who was both
deft and daring and an exceptional man at going fowling on the cliffs. He was
named Snaebjørn (Snaebi, Snábi). The farmer had two byres, one at home við ...
Snaebjarnarson, who was called “the byre child,” grew up on the farm at við
Neyst and became the shepherd for the soutfield called] Hamrahagi, beyond
Tjørnunes. One day, when he had been in the outfield driving sheep, he was
sitting and ...
... own advantage Snaebjørn's mastery of the cliffs and his relationship with his
employer, Jákup við Neysto The legend poses the question by having the “judge”
ask Jákup við Neyst to tell Snaebjørn to get him fledgling rock doves from the cliff.
The byre woman does not live in Jákup við Neyst's house; nor is she married.
Rather, her relationship with Snaebjørn transposes the usual relations between
men and women to the world “outside the wall.” This implies that they are
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