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to the city in 1807, which nearly doubled the area then

belonging to Tórshavn.

However, much about his life remains in the dark, and

perhaps for this very reason a number of Løbner’s

descendants have tried to mystify the man. Among other

things, it has been suggested that the insane monarch

Christian VII was his father; in that case, Løbner’s mother

became pregnant when Christian was still a prince. Løbner

was born in 1766, the same year that Christian was crowned,

and it is not unthinkable that the prince paid a visit to his

relations at Augustenborg Palace the year previous.

Løbner’s father, namely, was chamber lackey at

Augustenborg.

It is also difficult to find information on what exactly

Løbner did during those last years after he returned to his

homeland. There is some indication that he lived with

Caroline Wroblewsky, who ran a private school in

Copenhagen for a while. Wroblewsky adopted a young girl,

Emilie Christine, and she took over her foster mother’s

school in 1858. Among other things, the

Dansk

Kvindebiografisk Leksikon

, a biographical encyclopedia of

Danish women, records that:

In 1850 she

(Emilie Christine)

changed her name to Løbner after her adoptive father, the

former county administrator of the Faroe Islands Emilius

Marius Løbner, who died the previous year.