Mikkjal Dánjalsson á Ryggi (1879-1956) was born in Miðvágur and lived in Gásadalur. He was a teacher and politician.
Nevertheless, Mikkjal á Ryggi is most of all well-known for his literary work. This includes poetry, psalms, local history and schoolbooks.
Most noteworthy is number of psalms written by Mikkjal á Ryggi. No Faroese writer wrote so many psalms as him. Furthermore, Mikkjal á Ryggi was the first one to write local history.
In Spring 2011 a new statue was unveiled in Mikkjal á Ryggi’s honor. The statue shows Mikkjal á Ryggi, in full size in bronze, sanding on top of an open book made of stone. Phrases from Mikkjal á Ryggi’s work, are written on the book.
The sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen built the statue and it is situated outside Mikkjal’s childhood home, í Beitinum, in Miðvágur.