Dicuil um Føroyar / Dicuil about the Faroe Islands

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Úrtak: Liber de Mensura Orbis Terrae (825 e. Kr.) eftir Dicuil er tann elsti kendi teksturin, har ið Føroyar helst verða umrøddar. Niðanfyri verður henda umrøða endurgivin í tí latínska upprunatekstinum saman við einari enskari týðing, bæði eftir útgávuni frá 1967 og við mínum viðmerkingum. Dentur verður serliga lagdur á at granska ein ávísan setning í tekstinum. Hesin setningur hevur verið støðið undir tí tilgiting, at ein partur av tí, sum hevur verið hildið at snúgva seg um Føroyar, heldur er um Hetland. At enda verður ein onnur tilgiting umrødd. Henda tilgiting setur fram, at einki í umrødda tekstinum snýr seg um Føroyar. Tilgitingarnar verða báðar frávístar.

 

Summary: Dicuil’s Liber de Mensura Orbis Terrae (A.D. 825) is the oldest known text to contain a probable reference to the Faroe Islands. The excerpt in question is provided below in the Latin original and in English translation, both from the 1967 edition, followed by my com- ments. One sentence in the excerpt in particular is discussed. The sentence has been used to support a hypothesis that a part of what is traditionally thought to refer to the Faroe Islands, may instead refer to the Shetlands. Finally a second hypothesis is discussed. This hypothesis proposes that nothing in the text in question refers to the Faroe Islands. Both hypotheses are rejected.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18602/fsj.v57i0.68

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