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Faroe Islands Postal Service 2003 Issue
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Voluspa Mini Sheet

Foroe Islands Postal Service will issued a new ten stamp mini-sheet on the 24th of February 2003 named "Voluspa." The ten stamps depict different motifs from the ancient Norse(ancient Scandinavian) poem named "Voluspa." Each of the stamps has a postage value of 6.50 DKK. The Voluspa poem has 66 stanzas and begins with this stanza:

Here me all
You sacred beings,
More or less
Heydays offspring.
Do you, Valfather
Want me to tell
The people's tales
The first I remember.
What does this mean? Well, the title Voluspa means "The prophecy of the Seeress", and refers to the fact, that most of the content of the poem is recited by a Norse seeress(prophetess). The poem consist of a series of religious elements that is written as a story. It is not known who wrote the poem. But it is suggested by specialist, that it was written in Iceland in the 10th century.

The poem starts with a presentation of a seeress called Heid. During her solitude the great god Odin appears to her, and gives her the ability to see into different worlds and ages. Then the seeress starts her tale by describing the origin of the Universe. She tells about the beginning of time and how the gods created the elements in the comos. She then explains how the first humans came into being. After that, she describes the first war in the world, where the two main tribes of gods, the Vanir and the Aesir, started to fight each other over the murder of the mythical woman Gullveig.

The second half of the poem starts with the killing of the bright and good-hearted Blader, and this evil deed is the starting signal for a series of violent events. These events reach their climax in the fierce battle called ragnarok, where the gods and the giants exterminate each other. Ragnarok in the end of the world. Where the earth sinks in the waves of the great ocean, and returns to its original state of darkness and chaos. But do not despair, because the seeress describes that a new world will appear from the waves, where Balder and his murderer Hoder will rule in peace and harmony. A new golden age will begin. But to emphasize the fact that life goes in circles, the hideous serpent Nidhog appears in the horizon, an omen of the coming end to the new world.

The Voluspa mini sheets can be purchased as single mini sheet either mint of cancel, or FDC's. Each of the stamp sizes measures 28mm x 42mm with a perforation size of 14. The size of the mini sheet is 145mm x 180mm The stamps will be printed using the offset printing process by the House of Questra, England .

To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.tjatsi.fo. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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