The Vikings brought with them their Old Norse Language, on which modern-day Faroese is now based. Later, at some point in the 11th century, Norway took over the islands. The Faroe Islands then remained under Norwegian control until 1814, when the Danish took possession of the archipelago.
At first, the Danes sought to maintain a trading monopoly with the archipelago. However, they abandoned this idea after the islands became an important fishing location. Though Denmark’s grip on the island had weakened, a sense of shared cultural identity continued to unite locals against Danish rule, and by the early 1900s an independence movement had began to form.
However, it would be decades before the Faroe Islands would gain some autonomy. After the Nazi invasion of Denmark in April 1940, the British occupied the archipelago. At the end of World War Two in 1945, the Brits returned the islands to the Danes. However, some Faroese were determined not to let that happen.