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Faroe Islands Postal Services 2006 Issue
Designs by Vigdis Sigmundsdottir

The Long Serpent - "Ormurin langi"

Faroe Islands Postal Service has issued a new Mini-sheet with 10 stamps that have a postage value of 5KR each named "The Long Serpent" on the 29th of March 2006. This new Mini-sheet is being issued to commemorate one of Faroe Islands most famous ballards, "The Long Serpent". Written by poet Jens Christian Djurhuus sometime between the years of 1773 and 1853. The poem is about a famous fiction sea battle that took place off the island of Svolder in the year 1000. When the Swedish and Danish kings together with the Norwegian Erik Hakansson attacked the Norwegian King Olaf Trygvason fleet. King Olaf Trygvason was on his way home from Wendland to Norway on his ship "The long Serpent" when the attack began. After a bloody battle King Olaf Trygvason fleet was defeated and he and his men deserted their ships and jumped overboard. The poem is now a famous song composed by Joannes i Kroki in 1819. It has become a national treasure and is known by most Faroe islanders. It is taught in the schools and is sung by Faroe islanders at dances.

"The Long Serpent" can be purchased as a mini-sheet, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 29mm x 48mm with a sheet size of 115mm x 170mm and a perforation size of 13 per 2cm reference. The stamps will be printed by Cartor Security Printing, France using the Offset Lithography Printing process.

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