Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Languages of ScandinaviaSeven Sisters of the North$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ruth H. Sanders

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226493893

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226493923.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 21 May 2022

Faroese Emerges

Faroese Emerges

(p.133) 6 Faroese Emerges
The Languages of Scandinavia

Ruth H. Sanders

University of Chicago Press

Faroese and Icelandic began to be recognized as separate from their Old Norse mother language after the writing of the sagas (the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries), but at first they were considered as one, both called ‘Icelandic’. After the Protestant Reformation arrived in the Faroes around 1540, Danish became the primary language of the Faroes, used in government, church, and school. Faroese writings (never extensive) ceased to exist, and the spoken language retreated to the farms and fishing villages. In 1846 Venceslaus Ulricus Hammershaimb, in his work Færøsk Anthologi, rescued Faroese from anonymity and christened it det færøske sprog ‘the Faroese language’. In 1948, the Danish Folketing ‘Parliament’ granted home rule to the Faroese Islands (still part of the Kingdom of Denmark), and Faroese became the official language, Danish the first foreign language.

Keywords:   Faroese Norse, det færøske sprog, Skjaldur, Faro-Danish, V.U. Hammershaimb

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.