Von den Faröer.

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Article ID EUS4560


Von den Faröer.


Three views of the Faroe Islands on one sheet. 1. Bird rocks on the Faroe Islands. 2. Thorshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. 3. Street in Thorshavn (Tórshavn). The town of Thorshavn on Streymoy Island is the largest of the Faroe Islands. Reverse three black/white views from Iceland.


c. 1897



Historical Description

The main immigration came in the 9th century by the Vikings, who moved west from Norway. After the Norwegian King Olav Tryggvason was baptized by the English King Aethelred in 994 and evangelized Norway the following year, he invited the respected Faroese chief Sigmundur Brestisson, who then converted to the Faroe Islands in 999 for the acceptance of Christianity the Faroese thing, today's Løgting, provided. From 1035 the archipelago belonged politically to Norway, but was able to maintain a high degree of independence due to the distance to the central power. In 1538 the Reformation reached the islands. This perpetuated the predominance of the Danish language. The son of the first Lutheran provost Heini Havreki was the naval hero Magnus Heinason, who was beheaded in Copenhagen in 1589 on charges of piracy and has since been venerated by many Faroese as a national hero. The Fork Age proved to be the darkest period for the Faroe Islands in the 17th century. This status did not change after the Peace of Kiel in 1814, as a result of which the Danish-Norwegian personal union was dissolved and Norway had to join a personal union with Sweden, but the Faroe Islands remained with Denmark together with Iceland and Greenland. From 1846, the work of the linguist V. U. Hammershaimb resulted in the written New Faroese language on an etymological basis. Until then, Faroese had been passed down orally in their own ballads. Hammershaimb and his successors founded Faroese literature and developed ancient linguistic monuments.

Place of Publication Germany
Dimensions (cm)37 x 24,5 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
TechniqueWood engraving


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