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Dagna
Monday, February 9th, 2009, 03:54 AM
KvŠ­i


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KvŠ­i (Kvaedi; at kv°­a: "to sing a tune or kvŠ­i") are the old ballads (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FBallad) of the Faroe Islands (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FFaroe_Islands), accompanied by the Faroese dance (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FFaroese_dance).

History

The ballads (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FBallad) have their origin in old Norse (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FNorsemen) and Viking (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FViking) cultures (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FCulture). They are thought to have been sung and danced in Viking settlements and countries (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FCountry) and slowly died out or were banned after Christianity (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FChristianity) came to northern Europe (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FEurope).
The songs or KvŠ­i which are sung, traditionally (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FTraditional) were spoken and remembered from one person to the next, until the early 1800s when men started to write them down. This oral tradition helped to save the Faroese language (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FFaroese_language).
Among the most famous of all kvŠ­i is Ormurin langi (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FOrmurin_langi) written by Jens Christian Djurhuus (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FJens_Christian_Djurhuu s) and today played by the Faroese folk metal (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FFolk_metal) band Třr (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FT%25C3%25BDr_%2528band %2529). KvŠ­i can have hundreds of stanzas (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FStanza) plus a chorus (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FRefrain) sung between every verse.

External links


Heimskringla.no - F°roysk kvŠ­i og vÝsur (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heim skringla.no%2Ffaeroysk%2Ffolkekvad2%2Fin dex.php) (Faroese)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kv%C3%A6%C3%B0i

Eoppoyz
Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 12:34 AM
It would be nice to try to learn this dance some day in the future.