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“Just sigh,” he whispered. There was no harm in sighing out

loud when one felt good.

By the time the comedy played in Fútastova in September,

1813, Anna Sofie was pregnant. The couple married in

January, 1814, the same day Frederik VII signed his name to

the document separating Norway from Denmark. In April,

Anne Sofie delivered a stillborn male child. Three years later

she was pregnant again. She gave birth to Ludvig, named

after his Danish grandfather. In 1825, Henrietta Elisabeth,

named after both her Danish grandmother and her Faroese

grandmother, was born.

The reason Løbner left the Faroes the same year that his

daughter was born is still a mystery. By that time he was

nearly sixty and his health was poor. In particular, his sight

was failing, and he often said that his eyes could not

tolerate the raw Faroese climate.

There had also been complaints about the way he carried

out his office, but precisely how serious these were, no one

knows for sure. In the second volume of

Havnar søgu

, Jens

Pauli Nolsøe and Kári Jespersen try to shed some light on

the man:

To his credit, he compiled Løbner’s Tabellir in 1813.

They form a valuable description of Faroese society and are

actually the only precise documentation of the economic

conditions in Faroese rural society. For Tórshavn, it was

important that he


allowed Álaker field to be added