Vencil Ulricus Hammershaimb, is well known and famous as the father of the Faroese written language. He was an educated Lutheran minister and is the son of the last Faroese leader of parlament, Jørgen Frantz Hammershaimb, before the Faroe Islands became a Danish administrative district in 1916.
V.U. Hammershaimb was, on top of being a minister, also a politician and a philologist. He established the Faroese written language, based on the Icelandic language, which like Faroese, derives from Old Norse
V.U. Hammershaimb is believed by many to be the direct reason for the survival of the Faroese language. in 1919, the 100th year of V. U. Hammersheimb, a memorial statue was built in his honor right next to Løgmansgarðurin, his birth place.