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Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Jens Christian Djurhuus

Jens Christian Djurhuus or Sjóvarbóndin (August 21, 1773 – November 21, 1853) was the first poet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poet) who wrote in Faroese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_language). He composed several Faroese ballads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_ballads) in traditional style on historical themes. The best known is Ormurin langi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormurin_langi). Djurhuus also composed satirical poems directed against Danish rule in the Faroe Islands.
Djurhuus was the fourth son of Johan Christian Djurhuus (1741-1815) and Maria Rřnning (1741-1807). They lived in Nes, Eysturoy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nes,_Eysturoy), where his Danish grandfather Christen Djurhuus (1708-1775) was provost. His mother came from Aust-Agder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aust-Agder) in Norway and is supposed to be a descendant of Earl Haakon Sigurdsson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haakon_Sigurdsson).
In 1797, he married Jóhanna Maria Jensdóttir from Kollafjřrđur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kollafj%C3%B8r%C3%B0ur), daughter of farmer Jens Didriksen, Viđ Sjógv. Because Jóhanna Maria was his only child, she was sole heiress of the farm. The couple moved to this farm during the same year. This farm became the cultural centre of the village.


Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Joen Danielsen

Joen Danielsen Known as Kvívíks-Jógvan (Jógvan of Kvívík), (* 11 June (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_11) 1843 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1843) in Kvívík (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kv%C3%ADv%C3%ADk), Faroe Islands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands) - † 2 May (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2) 1926 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1926)). He married and settled in the town of Gjógv (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gj%C3%B3gv).
Kvívíks-Jógvan was one of the earliest traditional faroese poets to write poems in the faroese language (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_language). Growing up together with J. P. Gregoriussen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Gregoriussen) in the town of Kvívík when V. U. Hammershaimb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._U._Hammershaimb) was parish priest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parish_priest) there, he taught himself to read faroese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_language) by borrowing books from Mr. Hammershaimb.
Among the many poems he wrote, Jógvan also wrote traditional faroese ballads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroese_ballad), the most famous being "kópakvćđiđ" (the ballad of the Selkie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selkie) or seal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_seal) woman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman)) which consists of 68 verses. This ballad is based on a faroese legend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend) about seals coming ashore to dance in human appearance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_appearance) on January 7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_7), which locally is known as "old christmas" which was celebrated in accordance with the Gregorian calendar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar).


Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 04:00 PM
J.P. Gregoriussen

J.P. Gregoriussen (Jóan Petur Gregoriussen, known as Jóan Petur upp í Trřđ) (* 1 June (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_1) 1845 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1845) in Kvívík (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kv%C3%ADv%C3%ADk), Faroe Islands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands) – † 15 November (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_15) 1901 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1901)) grew up with Joen Danielsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joen_Danielsen) in Kvívík (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kv%C3%ADv%C3%ADk), when V.U. Hammershaimb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V.U._Hammershaimb) was parish priest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parish_priest) there. A poet and a writer, his poetry was well-known in Faroe, e.g. "Brúđarvísan" and "The Wedding Ballad," often sung at weddings in Faroe.