Published in 1986, ‘Líkasum’ is a poetry collection by Faroese poet Rói Patursson that won the ‘Nordic Council Literature Prize‘ in 1986. Born and grew up in Tórshavn, Rói Patursson lived in Copenhagen between 1970 and 1985 to take his university degree in philosophy. Having worked for a period of time as a teacher at the school of writing in Bergen, he returned to the Faroe Islands and became principal of the folk high school in Tórshavn. Patursson has also worked as a radio reporter, written songs and published three collections of poems. ‘Líkasum’ is a collection of poems written in Faroese, the first time the Prize was awarded to a work written in this language. The work falls into seven parts with different themes, all pervaded by the traveller’s perspective. An underlying serious humour leaves a trace in the author’s reflections, while Patursson joins the modernistic tradition with his dense lyrics and the many different approaches which his poetry allows. According to the Adjudicating Committee, the poet shows the tense relationships between the Faroese reality and the existential questions of our modern existence, by means of lyrical strength and openness.