On the Oldest Territorial Division of the Faeroe Islands Um elsta føroyska jarðarbýtið



Published Jan 1, 1999
Rolf Guttesen


It is possible to reconstruct the border between the two original chiefdoms (lens or høvdingadømi) in the Faeroe Islands, based on place-names from central Streymoy, one of the major, central islands, as well as the Faeroese unit of land value measure (the markatal) and historical and other sources. Furthermore, the place-names indicate that there has been some kind of sacred place in the area as well, as this could be the locale where the oldest Thing or parliament was held. The discovery in this
area of a flat stone, with a carving of the Roman numerals IM, is discussed.

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