Regin Dahl

Regin Dahl
Born 5 November 1918
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died 29 March 2007
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Faroese

Regin Dahl (5 November 1918 in Tórshavn – 29 March 2007 in Copenhagen) was a Faroese author and composer.


Dahl came from a literary family; his father being the translator and provost Jákup Dahl.[1] His own poetry has been described as more modernistic than that of many previous Faroese poets.[2]

His family also contained musicians like his grandfather Georg Casper Hansen, and Dahl himself was noted as a composer. In youth he did not know how to transcribe his compositions so would work on them in his head before performing them at cultural events. As a composer he wrote musical settings for 34 Erik Axel Karlfeldt poems and created around 450 compositions in all.[3]

In the mid 1990s, Marianne Clausen made musical transcriptions of his many compositions, and published them as Atlantsløg and Atlantsløg II under his name.[4][5][6]


Dahl was honoured in 1998 with the Faroese Cultural Prize.[7] He was the first person to receive this award. It has been given to a Faroese artist (writer, musician, painter etc.) almost every year since 1998.


  1. A History of Danish Literature. p. 572. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. Bandle, Oscar; Braunmuller, Kurt; Jahr, Ernst Hakon; Karker, Allan; Naumann ... p. 485. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. Regin Dahl (1996): Atlantsløg, edited by Marianne Clausen and Zakarias Wang, 282 pp, Stiðin; ISBN 99918-42-02-0
  4. Regin Dahl (1997): Atlantsløg II, edited by Marianne Clausen and Zakarias Wang, 69 pp, Stiðin; ISBN 99918-42-03-9
  5. Regin Dahl (2005): Atlantsløg, box with 25 cds, produced by Kristian Blak, Tutl (contains 439 sound recordings corresponding to music transcriptions in the books Atlantsløg and Atlantsløg II, edited by Marianne Clausen and Zakarias Wang)
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